Whee Make 2019

In March, the 3DU hosted the “Whee Make 2019” event where we showcased completed prints, projects, and items we had printed for clients and classrooms throughout the past year.

This event also featured works from other users of various 3D printing projects and provided a way to showcase the different possibilities of 3D printing. We had fun putting on the event and talking with a variety of participants gave some good insight to what people look for and think of in regards to 3D printing in the university.

These events took place all around campus, and concluded on the end of the week with a closing seminar hosted by the Technology Commons. The event featured giveaways, VR booths, food, and drinks all for free. We hope everyone enjoyed the event as much as we did.

New Printing Process coming soon

Soon you can print your creations yourself!

Coming soon, we are presenting a new opportunity for everyone using our 3D Printing services. Currently, our process involves client’s submitting prints to us and having them printed. However, in an initiative to give a better understanding and experience for the end user, we will be offering 3D Printing training so YOU, the client, can print your very own creations.
This process will involve one of our 3DU Technicians giving you a small training course and setting you up with a printer so you can print your creation and learn more as you do it. Once you have completed this one-time training, all you will need to do is schedule a time to use a printer and then you can begin working on your next creation. We hope this push is both a fun experience for all, as well as a great way to learn the ins and outs of 3D printing technology

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!