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FabLab: Print a 3D Model: Welcome

Learn how to print a 3D model using our FabLab 3D Print Tools.

FabLab Stations

Welcome to the Library's 3D Printing Guide!

Use this guide to:

  • ​Understand the basic premise(s) of the 3D printing process.
  • Understand the FabLab's 3D hardware and software options.
  • Find 3D models in popular model/object repositories, such as Thingiverse.
  • Explore 3D modeling (CAD) software options.
  • Understand the FabLab's 3D Print Workflow and/or procedures.
  • Brainstorm 3D print model ideas.

What is 3D Printing?

Types of 3D Printing

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) - strand of thermoplastic is melted and deposited layer by layer, sometimes referrred to as FFF (see above)

 

Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) - a curable photopolymer, usually a liquid resin, is hardened by applying a light projector (or focused light or UV light) in a process called curing

 

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) - laser is used to sinter material - usually small particles or powders

Library FabLab Guide

 

For general information about our Library FabLab, including terms of use and costs, please see our Library FabLab Guide here:

Library FabLab Guide

The World of 3D Printing

World of 3D printing infographic
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