3D Printing -- Resin
The 3D Printing Area at Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) consists mostly of Level 2 equipment.
Additional PPM training is required to use any of our Level 2 equipment.
Our trainers are passionate about sharing their knowledge and ensuring a positive learning experience for all.
We are grateful for their commitment and dedication to our community.
3D Printing Area hand tools should be marked with orange tape or paint.
Members must know the following information:
- In case of emergency, call 911.
- Our physical location is:
- 735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
- Colorado Springs, CO 80903
- use this when ordering pizza or an ambulance
PPM Fire Escape Plan
- Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
- There are 7 fire extinguishers on the fire escape plan map. Review the PPM Fire Escape Plan for locations.
- There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
- FIRST AID Kits are available in four areas: the Kitchen, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and CNC Room.
Eye Wash Stations
- Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in four areas: the Kitchen, Wood Shop, CNC Room and Vented Room.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
- Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.
- All hazardous chemicals must be stored in the yellow hazardous chemical storage cabinet located in the Vented Room.
- Review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information of unknown products before use.
- SDS information is available via the QR code on the hazardous chemical storage cabinet or this spreadsheet.
- Do not bring dangerous chemicals to the makerspace.
- Spray paint, stains, and other approved items must be stored in the hazardous chemical storage cabinet in the Vented Room.
- Please DO NOT paint indoors.
Classes and Training
Area Leader — Chris MacNicol
- To help out in the 3D Printing Area contact the Area Leader on Slack.
- PPM announces all its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup
- FDM vs SLA 3D Printing — according to the "new Bing"
- "FDM and SLA are two different types of 3D printing technologies that use different materials and methods to create parts. FDM stands for fused deposition modeling, and SLA stands for stereolithography. Here are some of the main differences between them:
- FDM uses a heated nozzle to extrude melted plastic filament one layer at a time on a build platform. SLA uses a UV laser to cure liquid resin one layer at a time in a resin tank.
- FDM can print with a variety of thermoplastic materials, such as ABS, PLA, PETG, and nylon. SLA can print with different types of resin materials, such as standard, engineering, and dental resins.
- FDM has more color options and similar strength in the X and Y directions than SLA. SLA has better surface finish, detail, and speed than FDM.
- FDM is cheaper, more user-friendly, and more reliable than SLA. SLA is more expensive, requires more post-processing, and is more sensitive to environmental factors than FDM.
- FDM is suitable for basic proof-of-concept models, quick and low-cost prototyping, and simple parts that might be machined. SLA is ideal for high-detail parts, molds, patterns, and functional parts that require tight tolerances and smooth surfaces."
- Intro to SLA 3D Printing
- Anycubic resin settings
- Be sure to log your job on the "SLA Printer USAGE FORM".
- Clear the resin trays of the SLA printers carefully and completely to avoid cross-contamination.
3D Printing Equipment
Photon Mono 4k
|163 x 102 x 180 mm tall
|All You Need to Know
PHOTON MONO 2K
|163 x 102 x 180 mm tall
3D Printing Equipment — Other
|UV curing box
3D Printing — Computers
|Microsoft Windows 10
- 3D Printing Area hand tools should be marked with orange tape or paint.
- Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.
- Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.
- PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
- (walk in, show proof of membership)
|Woodcraft of Colorado Springs
|4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
|CO Lumber Specialties
|3636 Stone Avenue
|3031 N Nevada Ave.
|ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens
|1830 W Uintah Street
- Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
- Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
- At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
- The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.
- Donate for PPE
- Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.
- If equipment needs repairs, place a Red Tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack channel #red-tags-issues
- This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.
- For more information, review our New Member Orientation wiki page.Scrap and Trash
- Trash day is MONDAY
- Recycling day is MONDAY (96 gallon tote)
- Single Stream Recycling provided by Waste Connections. Paper, cardboard, cans, glass, and one time use plastics.
- Empty recycling and trash into our dumpster at the back (south side) of the building.
- Always leave the space better than you found it.
Modeling and Slicing Software
- Autodesk Fusion — integrated, cloud-based CAD and CAM software
- Blender — for creating 3D printed models (and much more)
- Lychee Slicer — (free version) for ANYCUBIC resin printer.
Links to related PPM Wiki pages:
Links to member-recommended external sites:
- Anycubic Community
- 3D Printer Resins — on MatterHackers
- Awesome 3D Printing — on GitHub
- 35 Best Resin Printer Files in 2023
For Additional Help
- Use the PPM Slack channel #3d-printing
- List of all PPM Slack channels
- Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.
- PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive
- Search the PPM Wiki
- Contact Us if your answer is not here on our Wiki.
Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.