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Tutorials and tips for clients using 3D printing service
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Please note that the library does not offer a 3D scanning service.

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Background

3D printer3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing.
Unlike traditional manufacturing methods, additive manufacturing doesn’t cut away or deform material to form the desired shape.
Rather they build objects by adding material in layers.

 

3D printers heat plastic filament then extrude it to form multiple layers of plastic. 

 

3D printable models are created by computer-aided design (CAD) applications such as TinkerCAD, Blender etc.
These 3D modeling applications produce STL files.

 

JCU students and staff can submit STL files for printing using the
Library & Information Services 3D Printing Request Form.

 

STL files must be checked for errors and converted ( 'sliced' ) into g-code using software such as Slic3r. G-code tells the printer how to actually print the model.
Library staff will normally do this unless you specify that you want to create the g-code yourself.

 

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