3D printing

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Printer Basics

Our printer is a fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer.  It prints with PLA filament.  Files must be in the .makerbot format.  Convert from other formats using MakerBot Desktop software.  This software is installed on our public computers and is free to download from Makerbot.  Files can be printed from a USB drive. You can check out a USB drive at the front desk or bring your own.

Printing is $1 per 30 minutes.  The printer estimates print time for each file, as does the MakerBot Desktop software.

Download, scan or create a 3D model

1.    Download a model – There are many free and pay sites that share 3D model files. Thingiverse is a model repository associated with Makerbot.  NASA freely shares 3D resources with the public.  You can download a model and personalize it before printing.  

2.    Scan an item - Use the MakerBot Digitizer, our 3D scanner, to scan an item into 3D model format.   You can scan objects larger than 2” x 2” and smaller than 8” x 8”.  This equipment and software is installed on Public Computer 9.  Instructions are in the 3D_Modeling folder on the desktop and linked here.

3.    Create a 3D model - Make your own model using software installed on our public computers or install free modeling software available on the web.  
a.    Blender (installed on all public machines).  Take a course to learn Blender on Lynda.com.
b.    Tinkercad (online). Take a course to learn Tinkercad on Lynda.com.
c.    See a more inclusive list of 3D modeling software on Wikipedia.

More information

Having problems with your model?  Try this repair tool. Microsoft account required.