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3D Design & Printing

3D Design and Printing

About

3D printing is a revolutionary process that allows an individual to be their own manufacturer. In the past, people relied on mass production of objects. Today, we can create models of practically anything to print and use in a number of contexts. Whether you need a part for your washing machine or an action figure of your favorite superhero, 3D printing is a viable and affordable option.

Makerbot

Makerbot Image The HMGMC has two 5th Generation Makerbot Replicators for student and faculty. The printers use PLA (polylactic acid) Filament, which is a non-toxic plastic derived from corn starch. The filament is heated through an extruder which then creates a model by laying down successive layers of material.

Makerbot Printing Pricing
For each job, a $3 setup fee will be assessed. There will also be a cost for the material used billed at $0.05/gram. These fees will be added to your University account.

Planning

3D Project Planning Guide
Makerbot Contract
Formlabs Contract

Tutorials & Help

Free Online Resources
These resources are available to anyone who wants to learn more about 3D printing.
3D Modeling and Printing for Beginners
3D Printing in Photoshop CC
Autodesk 123D Design How To
Preparing to 3D Print in Makerbot Desktop
Blender Tutorials
Learn SketchUp

Library Subscription Resources
These resources are reserved for students, faculty and staff at Southeast Missouri State University. Please contact us for access. Lynda.com 3D Printing Courses

 

Formlabs

Formlabs 3d printer New to the center is the much anticipated Formlabs Form2 printer. This is a SLA (Stereolithography) 3D printer, which uses a UV curing resin. The build plate is lowered into the resin tank, where by a laser solidifies each layer. The end result is a beautiful high resolution model ready to be displayed.

Formlabs Printing Pricing
For each job, a $3 setup fee will be assessed. There will also be a cost for the material used billed at $0.18/ml. These fees will be added to your University account.

Tools

Hardware
Formlabs Form2 Printer
Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation Desktop 3D Printer
Makerbot Digitizer 3D Scanner
3Doodler 3D Printing Pens
Cubify Sense Portable 3D Scanner

Software & Applications

Mac Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Fuse CC, Autodesk 123D Design, Autodesk Meshmixer, Blender, Makerbot Desktop, Sculptris, SketchUp Make and Tinkercad PC Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Fuse CC, and Tinkercad iOS Autodesk 123D Catch, Autodesk 123D Design, Autodesk 123D Sculpt, and Makerbot PrintShop