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3D Printing- Innovation Sandbox

The Innovation Sandbox offers several resources and services. Perhaps most notably, they have functioned as a volunteer-run, free 3D printing service for student ideas. Whatever the project, Innovation Sandbox has been happy in helping bring student ideas to life in as timely and professional a manner as possible.

The Innovation Sandbox is a service open to all majors and colleges, with no engineering background required to print with us. This Fall Quarter of 2019, they have worked hard to not only diversify their print queue, but also to improve the way they handle parts with increased automation, better communication, and a better variety in materials. As of September, requests can be submitted through the form linked on our website’s home page.

What Do We Offer?

The Innovation Sandbox currently operates 18 Ultimaker 3+ Extended 3D printers, with a useable build volume of 8x8x10 inches. They are capable of running up to two materials (or colors) at a time per special request. They primarily print in a thermoplastic called PLA (polylactic acid), but stock a variety of other materials including PETG, ASA, TPU/TPE, and polycarbonate. They are happy to use a material to suite your needs, but they generally request that if you part has abnormal requirements (a material other than PLA, dual- extrusion, mass size/mass/volume, etc.) that you come talk to them in person before submitting your request.

More information here!

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Materials Engineering Department
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Location: 41A-229

Phone: (805) 756-2568


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