FAQ

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material.
A 3D printer produces a solid object, rather than printing onto a 2D sheet like a conventional printer. Our 3D printers extrudes a ABS plastic filament by melting it similar to a hot glue gun. The extrusion print head works in the x and y axis while the print bed on the Z axis lowers to allow the next layer to be printed on top.
An UP 3D printer is a desktop factory. Both the UP Plus and UP Mini 3D printers use Fused filament fabrication (FFF) or Fused deposition modeling (FDM) to create 3D models from a 3D CAD file (STL).
3D printers that run on FDM Technology build parts layer-by-layer from the bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament.

DM was invented by Scott Crump in the late 80’s. After patenting this technology he started the company Stratasys in 1988. The software that comes with this technology automatically generates support structures if required. The machine dispenses two materials, one for the model and one form a disposable support structure. The term fused deposition modeling and its abbreviation to FDM are trademarked by Stratasys Inc. The exactly equivalent term, fused filament fabrication (FFF), was coined by the members of the RepRap project to give a phrase that would be legally unconstrained in its use.

  • A good variety of materials available
  • Easy material change
  • Low maintenance costs
  • No supervision required
  • Very compact size
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic filament and PLA (Polylactic Acid or Polylactide) filament
That depends, of course, on size. The choice of resolution, support material, and raft influence speed greatly.
The UP Plus 2 can print at 0.15mm and the UP Mini 0.2mm.
The extruder nozzle (printhead) heats to 260 degrees Celsius. The platform is heated as well, but not as hot (~100 degrees Celsius on the UP Plus and ~50 degrees Celsius on the UP Mini), to aid in depositing and removing the base layers.
The reel that comes with your 3D printer contains 700g of filament. The amount you print per kg varies with the amount of raft and support material required, but it averages out to $.06-$.10 per cubic centermeter.

Cost to Print = Weight of Model X (Cost of Spool/Full Spool Weight)

example: cost of Shakespear Bookmark.
Weight of the model: 5g (0.005kg)
Cost of 1000g (1kg) Spool: $60
5 x (60/1000) = 0.3 (30 cent)

Up Mini – 120 x 120 x 120 mm
UP Plus 2 – 140 x 140 x 135 mm
UP Box – 255 x 205 x 205 mm
Basically the 3D printer can print anything of your imagination, categories includes art, fashion design, household, education, tools, toys and games.