Polk State College offers two types of scanning technologies and three different types of 3D printing technologies.
The Artec Spider scanner provides high resolution, higher accuracy full color scans of intricate items. The Sense Scanner has the ability to complete full body or object scans for memorabilia, comparison or novelty.
ColorJet Printing (CJP), also known as powder-jet printing, uses a plaster-like powder and a cynoacrylate binder to create full-color three-dimensional models. This technology is the only one that can produce full-color prints and is best suited for visually-appealing demonstration or display models.
MultiJet Printing (MJP), also called PolyJet printing, uses layers of liquid photo polymer and wax supports that are “cured” using ultraviolet lamps. Polk State’s MJP unit can print up to eight (8) different materials and is accurate within 16 microns. MJP technology works best for products that need very smooth surfaces and have complex geometries.
Plastic Jet Printing (PJP), also referred to as fused deposition modeling, uses extruded materials are deposited layer upon layer until they are built up to create the part. Plastic filament is the most commonly used material, however, there are numerous material options. PJP technology is perfect for producing durable parts for jigs or fixtures and fit check models that feature snap fits or clips.