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. The printers that we have are the Ultimaker 2 and and Builder. The Ultimaker prints in one color and the Builder can print two colors.

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

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 .G .Gcode

Step 2

Write down the grams and time. Use this information to fill in the form on this page below. This form needs to be filled in before payment.

Step 3

Multiply your grams by 0.036 and add €2. 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 received the received the receipt.

Step 4

Save your model in Cura as a .Gcode file and bring it to The Creative Lab (or email it to us).

Notes:
– Before delivering the model, open your .Gcode file gain in Cura to check if your model is still the same. Sometimes it happens that a model is different after saving it as a .Gcode file.
– 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? Then you’re ready to start printing!

Step 6

Enjoy your 3D model!


SIGN UP

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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.

Please be aware that there are two printers available “Ultimaker 2″ and ‘Builder”. That means there can be two prints running at the same time. When checking the schedule make sure to see which printer is booked because if the “Ultimaker 2” is booked, and there is nothing written about “Builder” then it means the second one is on stand-by and can be used.

Note: Printing in two colors will soon be possible on the “Builder” printer.

 

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