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3D Printing Basics

April 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Want to get hands-on experience with 3D printing methods?

We will be introducing you to the 3D printer and then diving into playing with 3D models for 3D printing. This workshop is good for those who want to learn 3D modeling (CAD) and/or 3D printing. We will teach you to make and slice digital 3D files called STL files and print them using on-site desktop 3D printers. Subjects include: choosing the right material and method of 3D printing to get started, drawings models with TinkerCAD and Fusion 360, and modifying your mesh files with supports using Meshmixer.

By the conclusion of the workshop you will be able to produce a 3D-printed object from a design you created.

We will be using 3D printers cartesian and delta, reprap and printrbot. The printers are all connected to a wireless hub and we connect to them wirelessly via web browser. No software is necessary to control and submit jobs on the printers. Although we recommend you download Cura v15.02.1 before coming.

Please bring a laptop and for experienced users bring one with your favorite slicer and 3d modeling software installed (and bring a mouse).

The software we use for slicing 3D files is called Cura v. 15.02.1 (https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software/download-request/25/Cura_15.02.1.exe)(an older version works best with our printers).

One software we use for adding supports (if necessary) is called MeshMixer (https://www.meshmixer.com/download.html) by autodesk.

One CAD software we’re gonna use is web-based TinkerCAD and requires no installation.

We prefer you use Fusion 360.


April 3, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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