Get familiar with the software and with setting up and using the printer (use the basic menu, change the filament, etc). Hands on!
3D software is available on all library computers. We have only 3 printers so "first come, first served" applies. Use this guide to learn about the software and printers beforehand.
Drop in, no registration necessary. Come alone or bring friends!
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Once you open an .stl file in the Ultimaker or Makerbot software, you will be able to manipulate the object's size and infill, or check whether the rafts, brims or supports are on (and if not - add them! always!)
We expect you to submit a file for a print which is smaller than the maximum dimensions (see below)
Pay attention to the file's estimated print time - it should not exceed 5 hours.*
* if you are a CSM student and need the 3D print for a class assignment, we will extend the time.
|Convert .stl file to a format the printer recognizes||Create an .stl file|
|Manipulate the size, precision of the print, etc. of the object before printing – within available parameters (scaling; the thickness of the print/filament)||Assure precision and accuracy when scaling and printing the object(s)|
|Cannot change the shape of the object represented in the .stl file|
|Print multiple parts and multiple copies of the parts (all must fit onto the plate)||Cannot divide the objects into parts|
PLA: biodegradable (made from plants), lower melting temperature, less fumes...
At the one-on-one:
Bring your file or know where to find it. If this is your first encounter with 3D, do have a look at this guide, including the "Where do I find.." page. You might want to come a bit earlier to select a file from a free repository, e.g. Thingiverse.
Expect to spend at the least 1/2 hour learning the software interface, and manipulating and saving the file for printing. If a printer is available and time allows, we will start your print right away - your help in setting and running the printer is expected (easy stuff)! Setting the printer might take another 15 minutes or so. We will email you when the print is ready.