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  Session: Educational Applications of 3D Printers
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: The Suitability of 3D Printed Parts for Laboratory Use
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:00AM
  Author: Andrew Zwicker, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
609-243-2150, azwicker@pppl.gov
  Co-Author(s): Josh Bloom, Robert Albertson, Sophia Gershman
  Abstract: 3D printing has become popular for a variety of users, from home hobbyists to scientists and engineers interested in producing their own laboratory equipment. In order to determine the suitability of 3D printed parts for our plasma physics laboratory, we measured the accuracy, strength, vacuum compatibility, and electrical properties of pieces printed in plastic. The flexibility of rapidly creating custom parts has led to the 3D printer becoming an invaluable resource in our laboratory. The 3D printer is also suitable for producing equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories.
  Footnotes: Talk presented by Arturo Dominguez, Princeton University
  Presentation: Dominguez_AAPT_2016.pptx

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