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Dimension BST 1200 is an additive fabrication printer Uses: Inexpensive pre-production part inspection Marketing Concept evaluation Tolerances .01inch in the z-direction Located in GJ 115 Senior Design Lab Cost * : Lab Fee Supported Projects: $10 per cubic inch

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dimension bst 1200 rapid prototype printer

Dimension BST 1200 is an additive fabrication printer

  • Uses:
    • Inexpensive pre-production part inspection
    • Marketing
    • Concept evaluation
  • Tolerances .01inch in the z-direction
  • Located in GJ 115 Senior Design Lab
  • Cost*:
    • Lab Fee Supported Projects: $10 per cubic inch
    • Research and Other Independently Funded Research: $15 per cubic inch
    • All projects should be for University of Idaho research. Not personal use or consultant work is allowed.
    • Contact Russ Porter (russp@uidaho.edu) or IEW
    • *as of 6/16/2011

Dimension bst 1200 Rapid prototype printer

University Of Idaho

setup printer
Setup Printer
  • Connect network cable to printer
  • Turn on RPM it takes 40 minutes to warm up
    • Switch is located on the front lower right of the printer
  • Printer status says “idle” when ready
  • New vs. Used Bases:
    • New bases can be purchased
    • Used bases can be used if cleaned properly
inserting base plate
Inserting Base Plate
  • Place plate onto platform until it settles into place
  • Push the plate straight back till it stops
  • Lock the plate in place
    • Use the two rotating retainer clips
file setup
File Setup
  • Save part as an .stl file in parent program
  • Print single parts not whole assemblies
  • Open CatalystEX
    • Open the .stl file
    • Choose the interior and structural material setting under model interior and support fill
    • Check the units
orientation tab
Orientation Tab
  • Orientation can be select by hand using the rotation button for each axis
  • “Auto Orient” can be selected if unsure
  • Once oriented select “Add to Pack”
  • Pack Tab
    • CatalystEx has a default pack set-up so that the parts do not overlap
    • Just click and drag part to move
    • Fill parts in the upper right hand corner first they will print faster
  • NOTE: danger of Nesting see advanced .pdf
printing
Printing
  • Push “Wait for Part” button on the printer after the pack is finished
  • Wait for prompt “Is Model Base Installed”
  • In CatalystEx press Print
  • NOTE: Cartridge contains 56.3in³ if you need more see advanced refilling the printer .pdf
finished product
Finished Product
  • Remove parts while still warm
    • Flex the board from the two opposite corners
  • Remove the support material from the finished product
    • This can be done by hand or carefully remove with a razor blade
  • Return the base back to the used stack
cleaning the printer
Cleaning the Printer
  • Vacuum out the printer (shop vac)
  • Check printer head for debris
  • Empty junk cartridge
  • Shut down the printer