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Quick Turnaround is a Benefit of 3D Printing to Researchers

The Idea-2-Product 3D printing lab is an incredible resource for students and researchers at CSU. We have a hardworking staff that is ready to help when needed. 

That was the case a few weeks ago when Mitch Page walked into the lab in a hurry to get his lab equipment back on-line. Mitch is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Orthopedic Bioengineering Research Lab.

Mitch needed to print an autoclavable gasket/clamp for a dynamic biaxial incubator assembly that would be heated to 121 degrees Celsius in order to be autoclaved so the part would be sterile for use in a custom incubator. He also needed it extremely quickly as he was mid-experiment when it broke. 

David, one of the I2P staff members, immediately took the lead on this project and was able to help research a suitable material get the part printed. Some very tight design requirements were needed for the gasket and the Idea-2-Product lab had exactly what was needed. David was able to print the part and get it back to Mitch in just two hours!

There are so many positives to the ever-growing world of 3D printing, but one of the best is the possibility of quick turnaround for repairs. 

Our printing lab is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, where we’re ready to help you learn how to 3D print your own projects, or we’ll help you if you don’t have time.

“The parts turned out great, thanks again for that!”, said Mitch after he got the parts back and his lab device back in service.