ORIENTATIONS & CONSULTATIONS
3D printing orientations are mandatory for everyone, including faculty, planning to use any 3D printing services. They will be held twice a day for the first three weeks of the semester, then once every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of October. Students and faculty can sign up for 3D printing orientations via the LibCal appointment list. Due to this high volume of orientations, we will not be holding class orientations for the semester.
Before you can print on any of our printers, you must make a 3D printing consultation through the Reservations Patron Portal. You cannot make a consultation without having taken the 3D printing orientation first.
The 3D Print Lab consists of a range of technological equipment, 3D scanners, haptic modeling devices and 3D printers. All 3D printing submissions must be done in person – email submissions will not be accepted.
Please check that your .STL files are error-free (we may decline them if they are not). See our 3D Print Prep & Repair hub for help preparing and fixing your 3D files. Working knowledge of CAD & 3D rendering or manufacturing programs (i.e. Solidworks, Rhino, Maya, Cinema 4D) is strongly advised.
RESOURCES & TUTORIALS
- Looking for basic CAD/Modeling programs to build a model with? We recommend Tinkercad as an entry level CAD program and Blender as a entry level modeling program. For model repair, we recommend Netfabb and Autodesk Meshmixer.
- If you are looking for the classic Makerware software to use instead of Makerbot Print, you can get it here.
- Looking for guides on how to use our 3D Scanners or different CAD programs? You can find that and more in our 3D Print Prep & Repair hub.