3d Print Technologies and Projects
We are using the following tools, technologies, and supplies today.
Design Software: Tinkercad
Slicing (File Preparation) Software: Makerbot Print
3d Printers: Makerbot Replicator+
3d Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) or Fused Filament Fabrication. It is an additive process.
Type of Filament: Polylactic Acid (PLA). It is a corn or sugar based thermoplastic. It is commercially compostable. It will deteriorate over time and is not food safe.
The Process.. In a Nutshell
Prepare the file:
Create a file or find a file. It must be in .STL format.
Use slicing software to prepare the file for the 3d printer.
Change settings as appropriate in slicer software.
Export or send the prepared file to the printer.
Prepare the machine:
Load the filament you want to use.
Prepare the print bed if needed.
Watch periodically to make sure it is printing as expected.
Workshop Project Videos
Maker Workshop: Tinkercad
Maker Workshop: Makerbot File Preparation
After the Workshop
If we don't get to print your 3d file today, you can pick it up at the Collaboratory/Media Center Desk, We will notify participants when they are all completed.
Tinkercad is a free 3d design platform where you can create or modify 3d design files.
It is great for those new to 3d design and for fun learning for a wide range of age groups. Tinkercad recommends grade 3-8 for 3d design projects.
There are practice projects and some readymade designs and design elements.
Autodesk has other software for sophisticated users and 3d professionals.
Getting started for Teachers: https://www.tinkercad.com/teach
Things to Try
Check out the Gallery
Invitation codes for students
What interests you? Let your curiosity take a look around.
Create an account.
Makerbot Print Software is free to download and use. There are other slicer software programs in the marketplace. You only need to use one that has settings for the 3d printer you are using.
Download Makerbot Print: https://www.makerbot.com/3d-printers/apps/makerbot-print/download/
Set up Print File
File format will be *.makerbot
Save to flash drive with your name as the file name.
Nasa 3d Models
Other Great Sites
Community Access to 3d Printers
3d Printing at SFPL
South San Francisco Library
San Mateo County Libraries