Università degli studi di PaviaFacoltà di IngegneriaIstituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di PaviaEucentreIstituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche
Computational Mechanics &
Advanced Materials Group


The Proto-lab is a laboratory created with the idea of providing a rapid-prototyping service, that let you realize a physical model directly from a virtual CAD model or a 3dprinting-ready file as STL, OBJ, AMF and similar. Models are created through a layer by layer process: the CAD model is virtually sliced, and the printer drops for each slice a layer of material (for more details on the process click here).

Proto-Lab is equipped with seven 3Dprinters:

  • Objet 30Pro 3D, a high resolution Material Jetting printer able to print models in 7 different materials (4 rigid opaque materials, transparent, high-temperature and polypropylene-like materials), one material at a time.


  • 3DSYSTEMS ProJet 460 Plus a professional, full-color, binder jetting printer.


  • 3NTR A4v2 professional FDM printer, dual Bowden extruder, 2.85 mm. Such a printer is able to process a very broad class of materials thank to high temperature, water cooled extruders (up to 410°C).


  • 3NTR A4v3 professional FDM printer, triple Bowden extruder, 2.85 mm, hot chamber (up to 70°C). Such a printer is able to print multi-material models taking advantage of the number of the extruders and the heated chamber.


  • Leapfrog Creatr HS dual Bowden extruder, 1.75 mm, FDM printer. Such a printer is particularly suitable for relatively high speeds printing of large objects with common materials.


  • Leapfrog Creatr dual Direct extruder, 1.75 mm. Such a printer is especially suitable when printing low modulus filaments as thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU).


  • Form-2, a stereolithography (SLA) desktop 3D printer. This is a high-resolution printer, with a layer thickness up to 25 micron, able to process different photo-polimeric resins, including a transparent one..


You can find further details in the specific sections: Objet 30Pro 3D, 3DSYSTEMS ProJet 460 Plus, 3NTR A4, Leapfrog Creatr, Leapfrog Creatr HS.

Within our research activities, 3D printing technology is mainly used in the following areas:

  • Patient specific anatomical models for surgical planning. See our clinical case studies.
  • Rigid and silicone mock arteries to be used for in-vitro simulation within beta-lab activities. See our vascular models.
  • Rapid-prototyping of biomedical devices.
  • Mechanical characterization of 3Dprinted materials, in particular for FDM parts

Proto-lab gallery.

Acknowledgements: The lab activities are kindly supported also by:

Useful links

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura dell'Università degli Studi di Pavia
Address: via Ferrata 3, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Secretariat: +39-0382-985450
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