Equipment in the field of additive manufacturing


The Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing, LaF for short, was founded in 2013 and since then has been consistently built up and expanded with great support from the university management. Since then, four different 3D printers based on FFF (fused filament fabrication), with different dimensions and printable materials, a multijet printer, a powder printer based on SLS (selective laser sintering), an LFS printer (stereolithography system) and various scanning devices are now available.

With the laboratory's facilities, it is possible to demonstrate the entire process of reverse engineering, from scanning, through data processing, to 3D printing. These are used across faculties by students from the entire university for projects, bachelor's and master's theses as well as for research projects with the aim that students learn and experience the possibilities and limits of additive manufacturing in practical application in order to understand the entire process of "Design of Additive Manufacturing" (3D printable design, topology optimisation, etc.).




Large-format 3D printer from Builder (NL), type Builder Extrem 2000

  • Printing-space (X, Y, Z)700 x 700 x 1820 mm
  • based on the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process for various materials, primarily PLA (polylactide).
  • Accuracy: 0.2 - 0.3 mm

3D printer from BCN3D, model sigmaX based on the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process

with two extruders:

  • Installation space (X, Y, Z) of 420 x 297 x 210 mm
  •  Materials: PLA, (Polylactide) PVA, Nylon, etc.
  •  Accuracy: 0.1 - 0.3 mm

3D printer from Stratasys, model "Objet 30" for very fine structures based on the Multijet Modelling (MJM) process.

  • Printing-space (X, Y, Z) of 294 x 192 x 148 mm
  • Materials: various photopolymer plastics
  • Accuracy: 0.05 - 0.1 mm

3D printer from Formlabs, model "Form 3 Desktop" for very fine structures

  • printing-space (X, Y, Z) of 145 x 145 x 185 mm
  • based on the stereolithography process (LFS or SLA) for various photopolymer plastics 
  • Accuracy: 0.025 - 0.3 mm

3D printer from Stratasys, model "Fortus 250 mc" based on the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process

  • Printing-space (X, Y, Z) of 250 x 250 x 300 mm
  • Material: ABS+
  • Accuracy: 0.1 - 0.3 mm

The 3D printer "Creatr XL" from Leapfrog is based on the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process. The printer was completely rebuilt and optimised by us.

  • Printing-space (X, Y, Z) of 230 x 270 x 600 mm
  • Materials: PLA, PVA, Nylon, etc.
  • Accuracy: 0.2 - 0.3 mm.


Video 3D-Scan - german

Transportable scanner workstation with

  • High-tech photogrammetry camera
  • with special shadow-free illumination

 Microsoft Kinectbox X 360

for 3D scanning via infrared laser and camera system



Transportable scanner workstation "Structured Light Scanner SLS-2"

with "David 3D Scanner"

3D handheld laser scanner

Model "REVscan" from Creaform

"Rapidform XOR SP1" software for scan processing and reverse engineering



"3D OneScan-Pro" from Shining

3D system including colour pack, turntable and standscanner with various scanning functions with an accuracy of 0.03 mm and an object sizes of up to 4 m

3D handheld laser scanner

Model "GoSCAN!SPARK" from Creaform

Software VXinspect and VXmodel for scan processing and surface reconstruction