3D Printing

Finding/Creating a Model

Technology Commons staff can assist in finding a 3D model or suggest useful tools any time the Technology Commons is open, excluding the 12am – 2am hours.  See more about available tools on our resources page or contact us to setup a training session.

Submission

Patrons can visit the Technology Commons desk OR submit their print job via our online self-service form.

Print Turnaround

3D printing is a first come, first serve service.  Technology Commons’ staff can provide rough estimates on turnaround and wait times.

Pickup & Cost

Technology Commons staff contact patrons when prints are ready for pickup.  Prints are to be paid for at the desk via CatCash at the time of pick up.  Prints are weighed and priced at $.12 per gram for plastic and $.25 per gram for resin.

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Mistakes

We understand that 3D prints fail due to hardware malfunctions or design flaws.  We reserve the right to waive charges on a case by case basis.

Restrictions

We reserve the right to not print items that we deem inappropriate such as, guns, etc.

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Files that work well with 3D Printing

.stl (best)
.gcode
.amf
.obj
.dae
.amg

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Filament Available at 3DU

We only support regularly support PLA filament and resin. Learn more about filament here.

Where to find 3D print ideas and projects

MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things.  In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.

Instructables was officially spun out of Squid Labs in the summer of 2006, and has gone on to grow from a modest hundreds of projects to over one hundred thousand.

How to use 3D modeling software

Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3d printing tool for the masses. Whether you’re a designer, hobbyist, teacher, or kid, you can use Tinkercad

SketchUp is like a pencil with superpowers. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. More advanced? Start modeling from CAD and terrain data, photographs or even hand sketches.

Cura software makes 3D printing so easy. For newbies it’ll do everything for you, and for experts there’s a world of advanced settings to tinker with.

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