3D Printing

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About

3D printing is rapid prototyping technology for fabricating physical objects from digital models. And if that's not exciting enough, the process is fast, cheap, and beginner-friendly. StudioLab supports a popular kind of 3D printing technique called fused deposition modeling (FDM). All services and materials are free of charge.

You must attend a training before you can use StudioLab's 3D printers. During the one hour session you'll learn more about our machines, the basics of printing, and how to create and prepare files. You'll then be certified to use the Ender 3 Pro and Statasys uPrint whenever you want.
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Services

PLA Printing with Ender 3 Pro

If you're a novice just starting out or an expert looking to optimize, we recommend using PLA on our Ender 3 Pro printers. PLA is easy to work with and comes in a variety of colors making it the material of choice for experimentation.

  • For decorative prints
  • Must take training to use
  • No reservations
  • Freedom to change print profile settings

ABS Printing with Stratasys uPrint

ABS is a plastic filament that's used in Lego bricks. It's a more specialized material that requires higher printing and ambient temperatures. The payoff is a final print that's stronger and able to be used in applications where a PLA part would normally break.

  • For structural prints
  • Must take training to use
  • Submit your model in person for approval
  • Availability limited by print bed space
  • Prints run overnight and complete within 48 hours

3D Print-by-Mail for Everything Else

The Ender and Stratasys will cover 95% of printing needs, but for that other 5% of the time StudioLab outsources your print to an external vendor.

  • For flexible, difficult, or experimental prints
  • Training not required
  • Deliveries can take up to three weeks
  • Visit 3D Print-by-Mail for more information

3Doodler Pen for Doodling

The 3Doodler is for anyone who prefers analog methods when it comes to making things. It may be marketed as a toy, but this hasn't stopped a few dedicated individuals from doing incredible work with the tool.

  • For decorative prints
  • Training not required
  • No reservations

Software

There is an abundance of programs out there for creating 3D models. StudioLab technicians have had heated discussions about which of these programs is the best for beginners. We can't come to a consensus, so we encourage everyone to find what works best for them. Here are a few of our favorites that you'll find installed on the lab computers.

Program Type
Asset Forge Kit Bashing
Rhinoceros Parametric
Creo Solid Modeling
Fusion 360 Solid Modeling
Tinkercad Solid Modeling
OpenSCAD Solid Modeling via Scripting
FreeCAD Surface Modeling
Inventor Surface Modeling
Meshmixer STL Mod and Repair
MeshLab STL Mod and Repair
Blender Wireframe Modeling

 

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