3D Printers

MakerBot Replicator+ and MakerBot Mini Replicator+

Basics

  • A 3D printer is a tool used to create three-dimensional items that have been designed on a computer.  3D printers lay down material layer by layer to build an item.   
  • Build volume for each printer (the largest object they are able to make)
    • Replicator+   11.6” x 7.6” x 6.5”
    • Mini Replicator+    4”L x 5”W x 5” H

 

What you will need

  • Your object file –
    • you can download pre-made object files from websites such as Thingiverse
    • design your own objects using free online websites like TinkerCAD or Sketchup
    • small objects may be scanned with a 3D scanner available in the Lab
  • Knowledge of 3D printing basics.  Patrons wanting to use the 3D printers should attend a 3D demonstration or visit the following site to learn more about 3D printing https://www.makerbot.com/learn
  • Knowledge of the program MakerBot Print.  This is software that allows you to view, arrange, adjust, and preview a sliced version of your 3D object.  All print jobs must be opened in this software prior to printing.  A tutorial on using MakerBot Print is available at the following website.  https://support.makerbot.com/learn/makerbot-print-software/using-makerbot-print/using-makerbot-print_13586 

Cost

15₵ per gram (final weight includes raft)

 

3D Printing Pen (now available for check out)

3D Printing Pen improves creativity and imagination allowing you to literally draw in 3 Dimensions.

Cost

15₵ per gram

 

 

EinScan-SP Desktop 3D Scanner

Basics

  • Scan and convert items to 3D files
  • Objects must be smaller than 12”

What you will need

  • Flash drive to save your scan.

Cost

  • There is no charge for using this equipment
  • If you choose to print your item, it is 15₵ per gram

 

FAQ

3D Printers

Is filament available?
You must use the filament we have available in the Lab.  The filament used is MakerBot PLA filament and is available in a few different colors. 

Where can I get files to print?
You can create your own designs with free websites like Tinkercad.com or Sketch.com.  If you want a file that is ready to print, you can visit sites like Thingiverse.com.  

Can I scan an exisiting item to 3D print?
We do have a 3D scanner that can scan smaller items.  Items that do not scan well are:  

  • Black or very dark items 

  • Flat items 

  • Items that have hidden or hard to see spaces – these will be shadowed and may not scan well 

  • Textured items 

  • Clear/Transparent items

  • You may need to export the scanned file into a program like TinkerCad to clean up the model prior to printing.

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