3D Printing for Students
Where do I find the 3D printers? What do they look like?
We are providing a 3D printing service located in the Curtis Laws Wilson Library near the IT Help Desk close to the Starbucks coffee shop.
The IT Help Desk has two brand new Stratasys uPrint SE and uPrint SE Plus 3D printer systems.
To round out the 3D printing service, next to the Starbucks coffee shop, we are also providing new high-performance, CAD 3D-graphic workstations offering the latest CAD 3D graphic modeling software.
See a short video of uPrint 3D printers processing a model
or check out KY3 TV segment about S&T 3D Printing
How do I submit a 3D print job?
You can initiate your request by visiting the IT Help Desk.
What do I need to know before I submit a 3D print job?
Payment must me made up front, before the print job is run.
Please run your STL file through the free netfabb® Basic repair process to ensure 3D printing quality at the following website: http://www.netfabb.com/downloadcenter.php?basic=1
We will not print 'production runs.' If you have multiple objects to be produced from the same STL file, you should explore production run options like Shapeways: http://www.shapeways.com
We will not print objects intended to be sold or retailed.
Check out the 3D Scanner to create your model.
What does the service cost?
Students will be charged only $5.00 per cubic inch of model and support material used. There is a minimum charge of $5 per STL file. This low cost is available in effort to keep the 3D print service affordable and available to S&T students.
**If using Shamrocks, there is a limit of 1,500 per student, per semester
Faculty and staff will be charged $7.50 per cubic inch of model and support material used.
What format and size restrictions apply?
File type: Our Stratasys uPrint 3D printers accept only STL (.stl) files.
Finished product size:
uPrint SE: The finished product (part) can be no larger than 8 x 6 x 6 inches and no thinner than .010 inches.
uPrint SE Plus: The finished product (part) can be no larger than 8 x 8 x 6 inches and no thinner than .013 inches.
Data size limits:
Files up to 100MB can be accepted at this time.
If your file exceeds 100MB, please visit the IT Help Desk for tips on how to modify your design to decrease the file to an appropriate size.
What are my options if I have a 3D print request that is beyond the S&T 3D print service capabilities?
Utilize the Senvol database for possible alternatives. The Senvol database allows users to search the database by over 30 fields, such as machine build size, material type, and material tensile strength. The search fields enable students and professors to search in powerful ways and to quickly get the information that they need.
Helpful links to get started with 3D printing:
Thingiverse - http://www.thingiverse.com/
"MakerBot's Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world's largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design."
netfabb® Basic - http://www.netfabb.com/downloadcenter.php?basic=1
"netfabb Basic is a freeware for handling of files on stl-format. The freeware includes Advanced Model Browsing, STL Fixing and Part Analysis, Measurement and Quality Management. The freeware also include a Basic Slicing module and give you first steps into the 3D Printing and data preparation"
eDrawings Viewer - http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/
"eDrawings software is a product design communication tool for sharing representations of both 2D drawings and 3D models. The electronic data format of eDrawings files is highly compressed to enable easily transmission via email. Download free eDrawings Viewer software for your PC to view, print, and review all types of eDrawings files, SolidWorks files and supported AutoCAD DWG and DXF files."