The University of Wollongong Uses Several Kinds of 3D Printer to Innovate its Research
The Wollongong-based Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) is headquarters for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) materials node. IPRI focuses on improving the functionality of nano-scale materials and facilitating applications in areas including energy and medical bionics.
Situated within the IPRI is a 3D printing unit made up of Stratasys 3D Printers: an Objet Connex, an Objet Eden and a uPrint 3D Printer – as well as a range of custom-built systems – each building parts for different projects. Funded by ANFF, the 3D printing unit was established by Dr. Stephen Beirne, research fellow of the ANFF and IPRI. “To us, 3D printing opens new horizons for research, allowing a simpler way of fabrication at a lower price,” Beirne said.
Researchers at the University of Wollongong used FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technologies to build different parts of this watertight and airtight perfusion chamber in a microscope.
“We do not want to compromise accuracy for speed. Stratasys’ 3D Printers assure us that we can have both.”
Dr. Stephen Beirne, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong