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3D Printing at the Meyer Library: Introduction

Guide to 3D Printing services at the Meyer Library

3D Printing at the Meyer Library

 
3D printing services are available to MSU students, staff, and faculty at the Meyer Library.  Come and visit us at the Music and Media desk Mondays to Thursdays, 9 am to 6 pm, or by appointment.
 
 
 
Interested in printing a 3D model?

• Download or design your model (visit ThingiverseYouMagineTinkercador Fusion 360).  Would like to design but have no experience at all?  Feel free to drop by the Music and Media desk and request a one-on-one consultation!

• Check to make sure your file is in STL format and error-free (check for gaps and holes) 

• Save your STL file in your usb drive and bring it to us at the Music and Media desk 

• Verify the dimensions and cost of printing your model with us before paying

• Wait to be notified about picking up your print job

New to all this and just curious?  Come and visit us at the Music and Media desk! We will be more than happy to walk through the basics with you!
 
Where are you located?
Meyer Library Second Level
 
Who should I talk to if I have questions about the 3D printing service or about using the 3D scanner?
Email Music&Media@library.missouristate.edu
or call 836-5105 (and ask to speak to a supervisor about 3D printing or 3D scanning)
 
Can I use your services if I am not affliated with MSU?
Please call us or email us to describe your project, and we will try to accommodate your request!
 
      MUSIC & MEDIA HOURS  -  SPRING 2017
 
         Mon - Thur    7 am -- 12 am
                     Fri     7 am --  6 pm
                     Sat    9 am --  6 pm
                     Sun   Noon -- 12 am  

3D printing process in a nutshell

3D printing process

 

Abbreviations

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

Recently printed!

Object: Beaker Holder

Design: Brian Grindstaff, CNAS Experimental Machinist 

CAD program: Fusion360

Dimensions: 8 x 2.06 x 1 inches

Material used: 2.56 cubic inches

Printing time: 2 hrs 32 mins

Design your own 3D object!

VECTARY is a free and easy-to-learn 3D CAD program that allows you to create everything in your browser.  There is no need for licenses and no need to install anything.  Requires email for registering and logging in.