3DU And Printing Update – Summer 2020

We are still printing!

With the current campus conditions changing due to Covid-19, we wanted to give an update on our 3D Printing Process and how we expect our workflow to continue both over the summer, as well as the ongoing semesters.
We will still be doing 3D print submissions as normal! Luckily, our typical workflow of this works well for social distancing practices as is. Whether you submit your print via the link on the homepage of this site, or you email us a link to 3du@wcu.edu, we’re able to generate a quote for your print and do that without you as a client having to step foot in the building! From there, the only time that face to face contact is needed is when you come to pick up your print.

Though sitautions around us are constantly changing, know that we are still working on 3D prints currently and would love to assist you with your 3D creations! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns and as always, we look forward to working with you!

New Printers

Dremel 3D45, MakergearM2, and Potterbot 9 Pro

As the world of 3D printing continues to grow, so does the selection of 3D Printers available to use. In an effort to improve the quality of our printers, we now have two Dremel 3D45’s at our disposal. The 3D45 offers many exciting upgrades that our previous models did not have. This includes a closeable casing while printing to reduce noise, remote-based printing services, a removable glass bed for easy print access and cleaning, as well as other neat features. We’re excited to have the Dremel 3D45’s at our disposal and would love to print you something on them!

If you have a file you’d like to submit to be printed, make sure to email visit the home page of our site and select the “Start Here” button to get your submission to us!

Alongside the new Dremel printers, we also now provide two Makergear M2’s that are ready to create your very next print!

The M2’s provide another great option for any PLA based print and are extremely user-friendly. For more information on using either printer, feel free to come visit our 3DU area on the ground floor of the Technology Commons.

Both the MakergearM2 and the Dremel are quality PLA printers and both are ready to be used right now! Come take a look and see which one could work for you.

If you have a file you’d like to submit to be printed, make sure to email visit the home page of our site and select the “Start Here” button to get your submission to us!

Lastly, we have the Potterbot 9 Pro which is a clay printer. The Potterbot was brought to the 3DU as part of a partnership between the Technology Commons and School of Art and Design.

Client’s are able to print the items on this clay printer at the Technology Commons, then once the prints are complete, they are brought to the School of Art and Design to be glazed and fired. Afterwards, those prints are then brought back to the Technology Commons to be picked up.

For more information on using this printer, email us or schedule an appointment at calendly.com/techcommons


3D Modeling for Faculty and Staff

The 3DU has recently had the opportunity to partner with Hugh Jack and the Coulter Faculty Commons to bring 3D Modelling to faculty and staff of WCU. Dr. Hugh Jack, department head of Engineering and Technology, offered a two-session course in 3D Design through the Coulter Faculty Commons. The course was held in the 3DU and gave faculty and staff the opportunity to learn how to setup and print items on a 3D Printer, and how to use design software to create 3D printable items.

Session One of the course explained the basics of Cura, a 3D Slicing software, and how to setup and operate a Lulzbot mini 3D Printer. Participants had the experience of downloading, slicing, and printing a 3d model in the Technology Commons 3DU Makerspace. Session two focused on the basics of 3D Design using Google Sketchup. In this course, students learned how to design and prepare a model for 3D printing, as well as the basics of how to check the integrity of design for 3D Printing.

3D Scans for Facilities

One thing we got to do to start the year off was help out our Facilities Maintenance crew by recreating a pump fan that had broke by designing it from scratch in SketchUp. A replacement of the part would have cost them upwards of $100, however, we were able to print multiple copies to replace the broken part for less than $1.00 a piece.  3D Printing is fun, but it’s also practical!