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It is a process that allows you to create a real-world version of a digital 3D model or design.
Our printer uses a type of technology called FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling). This type of printer uses "a string of solid material [plastic] called the filament. This line of filament is guided from a reel attached to the 3D printer to a heated nozzle inside of the 3D printer that melts the material. Once in a melted state, the material can be extruded on a specific and predetermined path created by the software on the computer. As the material is extruded as a layer of the object on this path, it instantly cools down and solidifies - providing the foundation for the next layer of material until the entire object is manufactured." (Description from 3dhubs.com)
There are lots of free websites where you can download free 3d models that have been created and made available by other users. Here is a list of websites to check out.
$4.00 + $0.10/g
Library staff will weigh and calculate final cost once the print is complete.
The Library uses a type of plastic called PLA (polylactic acid). It is not quite as strong as some other types of 3D printing materials and it can warp under a moderate amount of heat (a figure sitting on the dashboard of a hot car can start to lose its shape) but it is cost effective and has very little odour when melted.
Model: FlashForge Creator Pro
Maximum Print Size: 22.5cm x 14.5cm x 15cm