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3D Printing at Bethel University Library
Bethel University Library provides to the Bethel community the use of a consumer level desktop 3D Printer in the Makerspace. This technology allows you to build physical objects from digital models that you can create in a variety of ways. Instead of printing a 2D representation on paper of your big design project -- print an actual 3-dimensional model that can be held, felt, and examined from all angles!
How it Works
When you submit your digital file to the library to be printed and accept the time and cost estimate, your digital file is processed and created on a 3D printer to deliver a plastic model into your hands. Your digital file is "cut" into many slices -- the 3D printer turns these slices into thin layers of extruded plastic. As the printer lays down each layer, the object begins to take shape.
What Good Is It?
The technology to accomplish this sort of fabrication has existed for decades, but the equipment and materials costs meant that these devices were limited to large companies and specialists. 3D printing is now experiencing an emergence of very affordable machines (such as our printers) that put this technology in smaller businesses and homes, and professionals in all fields are embracing the ability to rapidly create objects for all kinds of purposes. Your experience with our printers will put you in an advanced position to realize the potential of this technology in your field of work as you begin your career.
- Biomedical -- facial reconstruction, foot reconstruction, dental models, anatomical modelling
- Engineering -- gears, structural models
- Theatre -- scale models of proposed sets and set pieces
- Art and design -- reproductions and replicas, original work with poetry
- Geography -- 3D maps, terrain visualizations
- History -- See Abraham Lincoln's face in three dimensions
- Biology/Anthropology -- bones of Lucy the Australopithecus afarensis
- EVERYONE -- inventiveness, creativity, gifts, mementos, replacement parts, imagination
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Resources on 3D Printing in our Collection
Publication Date: 2013-01-22
Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk. Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document. A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physical object by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file, or "blueprint."
3D Printing for Dummies by
Publication Date: 2014-01-08
As 3D printing is becoming more accessible, it is important for designers and architects to know how to utilize the technology. SketchUp is a popular 3D modelling tool and is among the easiest programs to work with as a beginner. Whether printing on your desktop, or outsourcing to a commercial 3D print service, this is a skill you'll want in your portfolio.
Links of Interest
U of Minnesota researchers print electronics and cells directly on human skin
In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota used a customized, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by soldiers on the battlefield to print temporary sensors on their bodies to detect chemical or biological agents or solar cells to charge essential electronics.
Open 3D Human Anatomy | Craig Bonsignore
Finally, a complete source of 3D digital human anatomy that is freely available, accessible, and suitable for use in with solid and surface CAD software.
Skyfall Filmmakers 3D-Printed This Rare Aston Martin So They Wouldn't Damage the Original
The effects crew modelmakers called on a company called Voxeljet, who used a massive 3D printer with a capacity of 283 cubic feet to reproduce three 1:3 scale models of the Aston Martin. Each pseudo-miniature was actually assembled from 18 individual components so that they could be assembled with real-life functionality such as opening doors, trunks, and hoods.
Want to Design and Print a Robot? Autodesk's Newest App Is for You | Wired Design | Wired.com
According to Christian Pramuk, product manager for the 123D apps, the goal was to build something that was super intuitive for new users, while having enough features to keep intermediate and advanced users interested. The best illustration of this approach can be seen in the prepackaged kits that ship with the software. There’s a house kit and a train kit and a robot kit, with many more to come, available for download from the web. Each kit is a collection of pre-made parts that Autodesk’s designers think you might enjoy using to customize a design.
3D printing: Difference Engine: The PC all over again? | The Economist
As with any disruptive technology—from the printing press to the photocopier and the personal computer—3D printing is going to upset existing manufacturers, who are bound to see it as a threat to their traditional way of doing business. And as 3D printing proliferates, the incumbents will almost certainly demand protection from upstarts with low cost of entry to their markets.
Lost PLA Casting from 3D Prints
Describes a successful attempt casting aluminum parts directly from 3D printed PLA parts. The process is practically identical to lost wax, but instead of burning out the wax, I burned out the PLA plastic (which is a bio-plastic).
Automatic Transmission Model by emmett - Thingiverse
It has six forward speeds and one reverse. Real automatic transmissions have a hydraulic or electrical system that engages different clutches and brakes to shift gears depending on the driving situation. With this model you control those simplified brakes and clutches yourself.
3D printer to carve out world's first full-size building
The production of the building will be done on a 3D printer called the D-Shape, which was invented by Enrico Dini. The D-Shape uses a stereolithography printing process with sand and a binding agent -- letting builders create structures that are supposedly as strong as concrete.
DIY Bioprinter Lets Wannabe Scientists Build Structures From Living Cells | Wired Design | Wired.com
A new bioprinter developed at a hackerspace can print living cells for less than the cost of an iPod touch.
3D Printing Advances Dentistry in London - FT.com
Dentists are using the technology to make precise models of patients’ faces, jaws and teeth, so as to plan procedures such as implants and facial surgery
Preferred File Types:
Maximum Object Size:
18 L x 18 W x 18 H cm
[7 L x 7 W x H 7 in]
Thanks to Steven Pryor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for permission to use his Guide as a model.