Below are a list of printer limitations that we will explain in detail for each printer we have here at the Digital Fabrication Laboratory. Hopefully this in depth analysis of limitations will help answer any question you may have on what our printers can produce as a final product. Here is a short list of capabilities that will be touched on each printer in this section.

  • Wall Thickness
  • Surface Details
  • Escape Holes
  • Clearances
  • Accuracy
  • Design Tips

These limitations were created with the help of the NIST Additive Manufacturing test artifact that helped aid us in the complete assesment of the performance of each additive manucafacturing machine we have.

These files were developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology by employees of the Federal Government in the course of their official duties. Pursuant to Title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code, these files are not subject to copyright protection and are in the public domain. The test part files "NIST Test Artifact online.stl" and "NIST Test Artifact online.amf" are an experimental design. The experimental design will likely be revised based on future development and review.  NIST assumes no responsibility whatsoever for its use by other parties, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about its quality, reliability, or any other characteristic. We would appreciate acknowledgement if the test part file, design, or publication are used.

NIST Test Artifact

NIST Test Artifact