3D printing is the process of creating a three-dimensional object layer by layer utilizing a digital file.
3D Printing can be used for several purposes: creating 3D objects for everyday life, like phone holders, storage containers, small decorations, etc. Your limit is what you can imagine and find.
For examples of 3D Printed objects that you can download for free, you can look up websites like Printables.com or Thingiverse.com. Use the search bar to look up topics that interest you. (e.g. plant pots, cat model, wall decorations)
After you have selected and downloaded your 3D object, you have to use the appropriate software to slice it. Slicing the 3D object is necessary so that the 3D print can print it out. You should use free software like Ultimaker CURA for that; just download it on your personal laptop or use it on the Makerspace computer.. If you need help using CURA, talk to the Makerspace staff.
After downloading and slicing your object, fill out the 3D Printing Submission Form and submit your file.
At the McGraw-Page Library's Makerspace, we mainly use a thermoplastic called Polylactic Acid (PLA) to produce our 3D Prints.
3D Printing in the Makerspace is priced due to cost of material and maintenance of the printers.
|$5 / hour of printing|