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Educational Technology: MakerBot 3D Printer
facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.
Scroll down to see resources for finding 3D files to print or even design your own files!
There are several links on this page to books and websites where you can learn more about 3D printing. If you need some help with a project you can visit the Baldwin Library and ask for assistance. Or, send an email to email@example.com and we'll get back to you.
Currently, we are not charging for 3D prints, but this may change in the future.
Each project can be printed in one color filament, ask if a particular color is available.
Time-lapse video of the Baldwin Library's 3D printer, printing a Stallion over 2hrs.
Books on 3D Printing
3D Printing for Dummies by Kalani Kirk Hausman
Publication Date: 2014
Explains how 3D printing works, how it can be used in business, and how it can be used by individuals.
A Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing by Mike Rigsby
Publication Date: 2014-10-01
3D printers have revolutionized the worlds of manufacturing, design, and art. But how does a person with little or no computer design experience create an object to print? The best way to learn is through hands-on experience. Professional engineer Mike Rigsby leads readers step-by-step through fourteen simple toy projects, each illustrated with screen caps of Autodesk 123D
3D Printing by Anna Kaziunas France
Publication Date: 2013-12-13
The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that's right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.
3D Printing by James Floyd Kelly
Publication Date: 2013-10-28
Want something? Print it-with your own 3D printer! Right now, you can print practically any 3D object you can imagine-from toys to gadgets to replacement parts, and beyond! All you need is a 3D printer...and they're simpler and cheaper than you ever imagined.
Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects
MakerBot's Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world's largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.
Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD
Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing tool for the masses. Whether you're a designer, hobbyist, teacher, or kid, you can use Tinkercad to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!
SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It is available as a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro.
Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
MakerBot Desktop Print Program Download
This is the software used to print to our 3D printer. The software is free to download and allows you to see your final project before printing. In this program, you can calculate an estimate of how much time each print project will take. Feel free to download it on your personal computer to view your project before coming to the Baldwin Library to print.