Makerbot: Replicator 2X
What is a 3D Printer?
Much like a normal 2D printer prints2D on flat (2D) paper, a 3D Printer creates 3D objects. Just as there are different kinds of ink, 3D printers use different materials to produce objects. The Makerbot Replicator 2X prints with ABS plastic, extruding it into layers a bit like a robotic hot glue gun.
Where do I start?
First you need something to print. You can go to Thingiverse
and pick out something you like. Take a look at the top in the URL where it says "http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:NUMBER" and write down the number after "thing:". For example, check out our plaque made in the TLC by James: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:647449
You can see in the URL that this object is thing number 647449.
You can also create your own 3D model from any of the many 3D modeling softwares available. We tend to use Blender
but you can use any modeling software as long as you save your file as a ".stl
How much does it cost?
It costs $1 to use the printer and an additional 5 cents per gram. So the heavier the object is, the more it will cost, though most prints are under $5.
Skills & Prerequisites
No skills are required but 3D modeling skills can help you make exactly what you want. Contact us to set up an appointment if you're interested in learning basic 3D modeling skills.
3D Printing is an amazing tool and can be used in more ways than you think. Check out MAKE Magazine
or the TLC Twitter page
to see what's new in the world of 3D Printing!
Important things to keep in mind
The TLC does not allow patrons to print weapons, simulacra of weapons, or parts of either of the aforementioned.
To use our 3D Printers and most other items in the STEAM Engine, please call and make an appointment.
Contact the TLC