What is 3D printing?
3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a 3D digital model by building it layer by layer.
3D printing enables rapid prototyping, creating functional models, and is optimal for low-volume, custom or on-demand manufacturing.
How can I use the 3D printers in the Makerspace?
The Makerspace's 3D printers can be used by current students, faculty, and staff.
Things to know about using our 3D printers:
- A safety Orientation is required before using the Hill Library Makerspace and our 3D printers. It's offered virtually on Moodle.
- Printers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- There is no cost to use our printers. We provide the filament.
- Research and instructional use of the Makerspace and its services are currently our top priorities. Services for personal projects may be limited based on time, material, and equipment availability.
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What software can you use to make printable 3D models?
For beginners, we recommend starting with Tinkercad. It is web-based and optimized for 3D printing.
There are many other options. A few popular ones are SolidWorks, Blender, Rhino 3D, and Autodesk Fusion 360. Some of this software is available to students and staff through Software Licensing Management and Engineering Information Technology.