A 3D printer takes a 3D drawing rendered on a computer and extrudes a plastic filament to "print" the object. The Science & Maps Reference Desk has a 3D printer available for patron use so that you can make your creations into reality.
First, you will need a 3D drawing to print out. You can create your own, or find free designs available online. To ensure that your finished print will be what you expected, make sure to run your file through a print preparation program.
Second, bring the drawing exported as an .stl file on a flash drive to the Science & Maps Reference Desk, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then stop by the desk and we will help prepare the print such as dimensions, hollow, no supports, no raft, etc. which we can help you understand.
Third, after the object is finished printing, you will want to give it some finishing touches. You might remove support material, use sandpaper to smooth it out, or add some paint to give it the final appearance you want.
For more information, read about 3D printing on Wikipedia.
3D printing is fun and easy. Go ahead and give it a try!
Here are some quick facts about 3D printing in the library. For more information, continue exploring this subject guide.
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