Starting Monday, 18th of January, The Creative Lab is going to offer a new service, namely 3D printing. The service will be available for all the students and staff of NHTV. Two brand new 3D printers can be found at the second floor in the Creative Lab (N2.101) soon ready for you to use them!
What is 3D printing and how it works?
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.
To make it easier for you we have created a short guide that helps you use the 3D printers.
How to print your 3D model?
A regular SD card is required for this. See picture below.
Load model in Cura. It accepts the following file extensions:
.stl .obj .dae . amf .bmp .jpg . jpeg .G .Gcode
Write down the grams and time
Multiply your grams by 0.036. and add + 2. This is your price for the 3D printing. This is the amount you should pay at the secretary desk. The receipt is the payment proof. Bring it to us!
Press the “save toolpath” button while SD Card is inside computer.
Check if there is a .Gcode file on your SD card
Insert SD Card into printer and follow instructions there.
A time slot booking system based on a sign up form will soon be available online.