3D-printen

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This equipment is safety category 3:

  • Mandatory, in person, instructions.
  • Make sure you read the Wiki before asking.

This equipment is Noise Category 3: Can be used at all hours. No limits.

3D Printing

Software

For the design of 3D models, the following software can be used:

  • Open scad - Openscad is a open source software for creating solid 3D Cad objects (available on Wndows, MacOS and Unix/Linux). Openscad is a scripting language
  • Fusion 360 Fusion 360 is an integrated CAD/CAM/CAE software to design 3D models. For personal use it is free of charge (available on Windows, MacOS)
  • Tinkercad Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding.


For the printing a models, you need a .STL design file of the model. Any CAD software that is able to convert your design into a STL files is suitable for designing for the 3D printers. Alternatives are Sketch and Blender.


The printer needs a GCODE file as input. A .STL file can be converted into a GCODE by:

  • Cura Cura is used to slice the model and prepare the GCODE (file extension .NGO). To feed model the GCODE needs to be copied to a SD-card. The SD-card reader is on the front of the 3D printer
  • Slic3r Slic3r is used to slice the model and prepare the GCODE. To feed model the GCODE (file extension .NGO) needs to be copied to a SD-card. The SD-card reader is on the front of the 3D printer
  • PrintRun PrintRun allows direct control of the printer and offer more opportunities than Cura/Slic3r. The GCODE file is uploaded via the USB connection on th ebackside of the printer.

Ultimaker printers

The Makerspace has two near identical 3D printers: