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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

Ultimaker printers

The Makerspace has two 3D printers, the Ultimaker2 and the Slightly higher Ultimaker2 extended


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.

Any CAD software that is able to convert your design into a STL files is suitable for designing for or 3D printers. Alternatives are Sketch and Blender.

Using a SD memory card

The Ultimaker printers at the Space need a GCODE file as input. You can put your GCODE files on a SD memory card and insert the memory card directly in one of the Ultimaker 3D printer. The memory cardslot is on the front of the printer.

If you have a design file e.g. from Internet or a design program you need to convert your file, to the GCODE format or Ultimaker 3D printers can work with. STL is a common file file format and the easiest to to convert to GCODE. If you have a design in an other format it is possible to first convert this to the STL file format. Search with google for online conversion tools. (If you find a conversion tool, that gives good results, feel free to add URL here)

STL file can be converted into a GCODE by:

  • Cura Cura is used to slice the model and prepare the GCODE (file extension .NGO)
  • Slic3r Slic3r is used to slice the model and prepare the GCODE.

There is also the option to directly print from your laptop, without using a memory card.

  • 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 the backside of the printer.

Once you have your printable GCODE file on a SD memory card, or your laptop ready and connected, goto Ultimaker2 for a step by step tutorial of the 3D printing process.