The Fabrication Station is a station equipped with technology that will let you create 3-dimensional objects.
3D printing is the process of making an object by depositing material (e.g., plastic), one tiny layer at a time onto a build plate (a component of a 3D printer). The creating or printing of the object is guided by a 3-dimensional blueprint captured in a computer file. 3-dimensional blueprints can be developed using design software or obtained from Online repositories. The Library's 3D printer uses PLA (polylactic acid) material, a biodegradable plastic, in its production of objects.
3D scanning is the process of creating a 3 dimensional computer model of a physical object. The scanning device captures the dimensions of a real-world object and converts the captured data into digital form. The digital form can be saved as a file and printed as a 3 dimensional object using a 3D printer.
Pre-Designed 3D Models
|Thingiverse||Thingiverse is a digital repository that will let you discover and use more than 1 million 3D models.|
|NIH 3D Print Exchange||The NIH (National Institutes of Health) 3D Print Exchange is a digital repository that provides 3D-printable models related to biomedical science.|
|Smithsonian X3D||The Smithsonian XD3 is a web portal that will let you create 3D renderings of its vast and fascinating collections of more than 137 million objects|
Create Your Own 3D Model
|Tinkercad||Tinkercad is a free browser-based 3D design tool that will let you develop your own 3D models for printing.|
|Blender||Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.|
|Makerbot Digitizer||Quickly turn things in your world into 3D models that you can modify, improve, share, and print.|