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3D Printing: Start Here

get creative with your school projects!

 

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Get creative and watch your ideas take shape using our Form II 3D printer. Choose a premade design from an online model database or create your own designs using 3D modeling software.

Printer Software:

  • There are two types of printers available. Both printers have desktop software that you can download and use for free to set up your model for printing.
  • Makerbot Sketch (FDM) printer uses PLA filament which is very lightweight, and at 25¢ per gram it is the most economical way to have your model printed. The software is available here: Download Makerbot Print
  • Formlabs Form II (SLA) printer uses liquid resin to print and is able to print models in very high resolution that are heavier and more durable but at 25¢ per mL it is also more expensive to print. The software is available here: Download PreForm

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Get it Printed:

  1. Review our 3D Printing Guidelines 
  2. Fill out and submit request form online (from your phone: Text the keyword "3D" to 808-518-4080 for an auto link or go to http://go.hawaii.edu/VAE
  3. You will be notified when your print is ready for pick-up. 

 

Find Free 3D Models:

  • Thingiverse - Makerbot's searchable design library community
  • 3D Warehouse  - Sketchup's searchable design library
  • Instructables community of people who like to make things 
  • Yeggi - search engine to find 3D models
  • Repables - 3D printing file repository
  • Smithsonian X3D - collection of 3D models of various artifacts from the Smithsonian Museums
  • NIH 3D Print Exchange - website for searching, browsing, downloading, and sharing biomedical 3D print files, modeling tutorials, and educational material
  • NASA 3D Resources - printable 3D models from NASA 

 

Desktop Software

  • TinkerCAD - A free, web-based application to create 3D models for printing. This app is very quick to learn, with quick tutorials and lessons on how to use it. It can generate quick shapes and geometry, insert letters, numbers and symbols into your model, and can import from other 3D files. It requires a free account with Autodesk.
  • SketchUp - is a great 3D modeling program with a quick learning curve and a lot of documentation.
  • Blender - an extremely powerful, open-source, professional 3D production software that allows for creation of 3D models, applications, and video games.
  • Autodesk Meshmixer - a 3D processing software that allows for editing and refining 3D models (for example, adding supports), and creating new and interesting designs.