Paleonet: 3D printing companies

Howard Gibbins gibbins at ualberta.ca
Wed Dec 20 01:31:31 UTC 2017


Phil,

For museum quality you'll want to use a powder bed style of printer, as the detail is much finer than the typical plastic/vinyl feed style. In addition you don't have to worry about undercuts, or those annoying layer lines that are on the plastic ones.

Many industrial design, mechanical engineering, and sculpture departments have these style of printers in your typical university. They may be slightly more expensive to operate, and they are slower, but the quality is worth it.

Howard Gibbins
Laboratory Vertebrate Palaeontology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB., Canada
(780) 492-9366

> On Dec 18, 2017, at 13:14, Novack-Gottshall, Philip M. <pnovack-gottshall at ben.edu> wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> Does anyone have experience with, or recommendations for, professional
> 3D printing companies that can print high-resolution objects in a range
> of materials? We're looking to 3D print some museum-quality turtle
> specimens. Our 3D scanner files are decently high resolution, but we're
> not pleased with the downgraded resolution of the typical
> over-the-counter 3D printers. I'm hoping a professional company can do
> better, and in a wider range of materials.
> 
> Thanks,
> Phil
> 
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