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3D Printing at the Meyer Library: Introduction

Guide to 3D Printing services at the Meyer Library

3D printing process in a nutshell

3D printing process



Users download or create 3D designs through CAD tools such as Thingiverse, Tinkercad or 123D Design 


Computer Aided Design

The design files are then saved as STL files, so that they can be read by the printer's own software (firmware) 


Standard Tessellation Language, or STereoLithography 

The printer's firmware calculates the path and actions, then prints using FDM technology (additive layer by layer construction) 


Fused Deposition Modeling

ABS is the raw material for printing. (They are stored in spools). 

Soluble support material is also used for printing objects with hollow parts. Spools of raw and support material are fed into the printer, and are melted and squirted through the printer's nozzle during the printing process. 


Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (a kind of thermoplastic)

When printing is done, our SCA is used to dissolve and wash away the soluble support material in a solution of heated water and cleaning agent (EcoWorks). 


Support Cleaning Apparatus

Design your own 3D object!

    Create your own model using the Qubism 3D modeling app that you can download to use on your smart phone or tablet!  Build simple 3D models with digital construction blocks called 'qubes' that can be added, deleted, moved, stretched, sloped, shaped, rotated and colored with a couple touches. 

       Video demonstration on how to use Qubism. (Might need to watch this at 0.25 speed to grasp the use of the editing tools!)

Explore a 3D repository: 3D Warehouse

3D Warehouse is a repository of models, many created by architects and interior designers using SketchUp.  Models are downloadable as collada files (dae file format).  If you are interested in printing any of the models you see from the 3D Warehouse, simply follow the HOW-TO instructions below!  


1) Download a model from the 3D Warehouse (collada file) --> 2) Convert the collada/DAE file to an STL file using the Online Mesh Converter (Max size 15 MB)


3) Check your STL file in a CAD program, save it in your USB ---> 4) Visit us to find out how much your model will cost!