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3DU And Printing Update – Spring 2022

Hurray normalcy!

As we being to transition back to a more normal workflow, we are back printing more than ever. Now with four FDM 3D printers, as well as two new Elegoo Saturn SLA Resin printers, the 3DU is ready to print your next 3D print creation come true! Want to submit a job? Select the “Start Here” button on the home page or come speak with us at the Technology Commons service desk and we’ll be happy to assist you!

New Printers

Dremel 3D45, MakergearM2, and Elegoo Saturn

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!

Last and certainly not least, we have added the Elegoo Saturn to our 3D printing lineup. This resin printer is the highest level of detail printer we have ever gotten to use at the technology commons.

Whether you’re looking to print a new mini for your next DND session, or perhaps a highly detailed print that normal FDM printers just can’t quite get right, the Elegoo Saturn is just the choice for you! When submitting your print to us, just tell us you’d like to print in resin and we’ll have your print in the highest detail possible!

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!