Watch this quick 75 second video for a quick overview on what 3D printing is and how it works!
At the Makerspace Help Desk we offer two methods of 3D printing: FDM and SLA. Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the most common type of 3D printing. An FDM 3D printer takes a 3D drawing rendered on a computer and extrudes a plastic filament to "print" the object. The Makerspace Help Desk has two FDM 3D printers and one SLA resin printer available for patron use so that you can make your creations a reality. Scroll down further to learn more about SLA 3D printing!
For more information, read about 3D printing here.
3D printing is fun and easy. Go ahead and give it a try!
Here are some quick facts about the two 3D printers in the library.
Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers cures liquid resin into hardened plastic. Unlike our FDM printers which extrudes filament from a nozzle, our Prusa SL1 printer uses UV light to cure thin layers of resin. This process allows the resin printer to achieve very fine detail that FDM printers can't. This method of 3D printing is a great option for highly detailed prototypes that require tight tolerances and smoother surfaces.
Prusa SL1 Specifications:
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