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.
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.
Using a laptop
There is also the option to directly print from your laptop, without using a memory card.
- 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.
The printing process
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.