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3D printing is a process of taking a digital 3D design and turning that into a physical object. This is done using a 3D printer which manufactures the physical object using plastic or other material. The RDC Makerspace has three 3D printers (Ultimaker Original, Ultimaker 3 Extended and a Creality 3D CR10 Mini) which use plastic filament.
There are two common types of plastic filaments used in 3D printing, ABS and PLA. Think of this as the printer “ink” that forms your object. Filaments come in a variety of colours. The 3D printers in RDC Makerspace use PLA material derived from biodegradable resources such as corn starch; this material has less fumes.
Before a 3D model can be printed, it is sliced into layers. Each layer is then traced onto the build plate by the printer; once one layer is complete, the build plate is lowered and the next layer is added on top of the previous one.
If you are new to 3D printing and wish to learn the basics, start with Tinkercad. It has easy, interactive tutorials which teach the basics of 3D modeling.
You will be required to complete a one-time mandatory 3D Printing orientation and sign a Makerspace User Agreement. Once you have passed the training with 100% and completed the User Agreement you can submit your jobs in person to a Makerspace Technician.You will be asked to complete a 3D Design Checklist and review your submission.
Please note: Operation of the 3D printers is restricted to the Makerspace Technicians.
When you are ready to submit your design for printing please ensure the file meets these specifications:
Submissions will generally be printed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order they are received and approved. We endeavour to print the oldest item in the print queue first; however, priority will be given to RDC students and RDC related projects in the following order:
We reserve the right to reassign priorities as workload shifts.
You will be notified by email when item(s) are ready for pickup. Your pickup date depends on a number of factors, including your position in the queue. We cannot guarantee pickup dates so please submit jobs well in advance.
Items printed from the 3D printers:
Items not picked up after 3 days will become the property of RDC and may be discarded.
Printing a 3D object can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours, depending on the complexity of the design: the larger the file size, the longer the object will take to print. The RDC Makerspace has an 8-hour limit per design. Our 3D printers are designed for rapid prototyping (quick production of an object). Our 3D printers are popular, so plan ahead.
After submitting your print job to a Makerspace Technician your job is assessed and added to the print queue. There is a waiting period before your 3D printed object is printed and ready for pickup. Student assignments will take priority in the print queue. You will receive an email when your 3D print job is available for pickup from the RDC Makerspace.
Filament colour is subject to availability at the time of your request. The filament colours normally available include:
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