January 13, 2016

3D Print

The Creative Lab is offering a new service: 3D printing. Don’t forget to SIGN UP at the bottom of this page if you want use the printers.

What is 3D printing and how does it work?
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object. Our current printer is the Ultimaker 2, the material we use is PLA.

To make it easier for you we have created a short guide for making your own 3D model to print with the 3D printer.

How to prepare and print your 3D model?

Step 1

Load model in Cura (free software). It accepts the following file extensions:

.stl .obj .dae . amf .bmp .jpg . jpeg

Step 2

Write down the meters of material and time that Cura indicates after importing the file. Use this information to fill in the form on this page below. This form needs to be filled in before payment. To find out how much grams of filament each print will take multiply your meters with 8,33 (ex. 10,1m x 8,33= 84,17)

Step 3

The price of the print will be calculated by the form. This is your price for the 3D printing. Print the form and bring it to the service desk, where the payment procedure will take place, with the amount stated on the form. Afterwards, you will receive two receipts: one (stapled to the form) to give to us as the payment proof and one to keep for yourself. We can only start printing when we receive the receipt and the form you fill in below.

Step 4

Save your model as a .stl or .obj (.dae, .amf and .bmp are also allowed but not preferred ) file and send it to us via email or bring it to The Creative Lab on USB stick. Only send it in .Gcode file if you are able give us all Cura information (filament length, infill density and the choice in support).


– Before delivering the model, open your in Cura to check if your model is the right size

– If your model has parts that ‘float in the air’ such as a chin, arm, or hand for example, then consider applying the ‘Buildframe’ option in Cura. This will create a support frame for your model. Note that these are extra grams and therefore change the price.

Step 5

Everything checked, filled in, and payed for?  You are ready to start printing, which we will assist you with!

Step 6

We will email you when the print is finished so you can come and pick it up. Enjoy your 3D model!

In order to make sure that everybody is going to able to print their models, we have created a time slot booking system based on a sign up form. The booked time slots are going to be shown in the calendar below.

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