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3D printing at the CSM Library

FREE 3D MODELS (download and edit/print)

FREE 3D MODELING SOFTWARE

BOOKS ON 3D PRINTING

ABOUT COST

FREE. However, have a look at the link below.

ABOUT COPYRIGHT or LICENCES

As our policy explains (see the tab "Policy and Safety", we will print objects in Public Domain or under CC (Creative Commons) licenses.

If your design is a prototype, please note that we cannot guarantee its (file or object) confidentiality. The designs are printed in the public view. We do not use NDAs (Nondisclosure Agreements).

ABOUT FILAMENTS WE USE

PLA: biodegradable (made from plants), lower melting temperature, less fumes...

ABOUT CREATING 3D PRINT FILE FROM 2D DRAWING

Please note that is multi-step process that involves using three or more software applications which you need to download or register to use. The CSM Library has Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator on student computers, where you can save your artwork as .svg file (and skip the next two links...)

Note: you can also use a file convertor, for example:

.svg stands for "scalable vector graphics"

Import and modify the file in a 3D modeling software, for example Tinkercad (see the "Free 3D Modeling Software")

  • Click on the Create New Design button.
  • Import > Choose File to open your .svg file.  If you know that your svg is very large, you can set the scale of the import appropriately (the limit is 25MB - you can increase the size later).  You can also adjust the height (thickness) during import.  
  • Use the right hand menu to make design changes and modifications
  • Select Design > Save and Design> Download for 3d printing from the upper left menu  to export the .stl  file

INSPIRATION?

Customizing with OpenSCAD and Thingiverse CUSTOMIZER