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Production Station Overview

 

3D Fabrication Station

This station is designed to allow students to scan 3D items, create 3D image files, and print 3D images. This guide will help give students the resources they need to complete their 3D projects.

 

 

3D Image Creation

Here you can find helpful information on how to create images to 3D print. You can create your own images to print (with free 3D software) or find ones already created elsewhere (in free object repositories). To begin, click on the "Getting Started" tab.

 

Starting Your Project

Before you start your 3D project, make a plan! Do you want to create an image from scratch or use a pre-made image? What size image do you want to make? How long will it take to print my job? These are the things you need to figure out before beginning your project!

View our Intro to 3D Design presentation here!

3D Imaging Software

You can use 3D imaging software to create your own image to 3D print.

  • Tinkercad - "Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models."

Object Repositories

You can access object repositories online to use an already-made image to 3D print.

  • Thingiverse - Thingiverse is a website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files.

Tinkercad Tutorial 

To help you get started using their program, Tinkercad has excellent "quests" where anyone can learn basic image design and editing. 

Done Tinkering? When you are ready to download your file from Tinkercad for printing, click Design -> Download for 3D Printing -> Select the .STL file. When you click on the downloaded image, select "Move to Platform" in the popup window. Your image should then open in the MakerBot Desktop software. 

Uploading Thingiverse Images in Tinkercad

Other Resources

LSC Montgomery-Library - Digital Scan of Fetal Skull model

Project: Brewster Station

http://blog.tinkercad.com/2012/07/27/profiled-a-story-of-brewster-station-by-emily/

 

Project: Landscapes

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Makerbot 3D Image Scanning

  Here you can find helpful information on how to print 3D images. You can use images you have created, copied, or scanned. To begin, click on the "Getting Started" tab.  

Starting Your Project

Before you start your 3D project, make a plan! Decide what 3D object you want to scan in to the computer. Do you want to simply print a copy of it? Or do you want to edit the scanned image before printing? There are so many creative options!

First, make sure the placement, calibration and lighting are 

adequate. You'll need to see if your object is 

"ready-to-scan" or if it needs to be "prepped-to-scan." 

Your object must be able to fit within the 8" x 8" scanning cylinder and must be stable to be able to scan. The digitizer also allows you to create multiple scans for an object. Each scan takes approximate 12 minutes.

Tip: Make sure lighting is adequate in the room and not too bright near the camera to prevent your 3D scan from not capturing. 

Check out the Tutorials and Resources tab for information on how to start scanning.

Calibrating 3D Image Scanner and Capturing Photo

This video shows how to calibrate the Makerbot Digitizer machine, setting up the lighting for image capturing, saving file and application in other programs.

Digitizer Education

For more Makerbot tutorials and information, view these resources:

Additional Digitizer Information

LSC-Montgomery Library 3D Scanning Fetal Skull

  

Created in the MavericksMake makerspace room.

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Makerbot 3D Printing

  Here you can find helpful information on how to print 3D images. You can use images you have created, copied, or scanned. To begin, click on the "Getting Started" tab.  

Starting Your Project

Before you start your 3D project, make a plan!

What do you want to print in 3D? Check out Thingiverse for some 3D inspiration. Also take into consideration the dimensions of the build plate. Objects must be smaller than: 3.9 W x 3.9 D x 4.9 H in

How long is this project going to take to print? Print jobs take hours to complete. The larger 

your image is, the longer it will take. You will get a print time estimate from the printer before you actually start printing. Make plans accordingly: You will have to remain with the printer until your print job is 

complete.

Is your file ready to print? Your file should be in a .stl, .obj, or .thing format. Think about these factors 

before beginning your own creative 3D printing project!

When you are ready to print, open the MakerBot Desktop icon on the desktop to upload your file.

Tip: Every object is printed on a raft, which can be peeled off when your print is complete. The raft 

serves as a base and ensures that your print fully adheres to the build plate.

When you are ready to print, contact a librarian!

For 3D printer tutorial videos from MakerBot: Open the MakerBot Desktop icon on the computer's desktop. At the top, click on the Learn tab.

 

Check out MakerBot's YouTube page for more inspiration!

LSC-Montgomery Library - Practice Printing - "Unleash Your Creativity"

   

 

LSC-Montgomery Library - copy of a 300 million-year-old Triceratops skull found in Wyoming, USA. Located in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.

 

 

MakerBot Replicator Mini Time Lapse

MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D Printer: Empire State Building

‚ÄčMakerbot Replicator Mini Time Lapse: Tree 

Makerbot Replicator Mini Prints: Pumpkin

Makerbot Replicator Mini Prints: Dragon                                                                     

3D Inspired Stories

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MakerBot Stories | Felix Olivieri's Art Store

MakerBot Stories | Ringblingz

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