3D printers have the capability to take a 3D drawing rendered on a computer and extrude a plastic filament to "print" an object. The ACOM Learning Resource Center (LRC) has a 3D printer available for educational requests by students, faculty, and staff.
A 3D object should first be selected to print. Free designs are available online (some links are available in this libguide), or can be created with the appropriate software.
Once an object/model is found, it should be exported as a .stl file on a flash drive to provide to the LRC, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The LRC may need help preparing the requested print by asking questions about preferences in regards to dimensions, infill, supports, etc.
After an object is finished printing, it may need finishing touches. Support material may need to be removed, typically with needle-nose pliers and/or an edge cutter. Sandpaper can be used to smooth out rough edges, or paint added to give it the final, desired appearance.
For more information, read about 3D printing here.
Below are some quick facts regarding the LRC 3D Printer. For more information, check out the rest of this LibGuide!