3D Printer

3D printing 

3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object in which successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object.

This module comes with the Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer and four (4) laptops with software to operate the printers.  Some printing filament comes with the module, but schools are encouraged to purchase their own supply to ensure 3D printing projects are not interrupted waiting for supplies.


Makerbot 3D Printer 


Resources for the 3D Printers:

  • Fargo 3D Printing

  • Inventor Software Free Download

  • Makerbot

  • Thingiverse 
     “Browse the world’s largest 3D design community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models. Join over 1,001,230 community members in downloading, sharing, and remixing 3D designs.”

  • Stratasys
    “For Free. For Educators. For Students. For the World. Prepare your students for careers being reshaped by 3D printing technology. Combining in-depth lectures and class discussions with exciting hands-on projects, your students will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to wield this transformative technology in the real world.” – See more at: http://www.stratasys.com/industries/education/educators/curriculum/introduction-to-3d-printing#sthash.tb0VpKE4.dpuf

  • Fusion 360
    Fusion 360TM is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.”G
  •  GrabCAD
    “Professional 3D printing made easy and accessible. GrabCAD Print simplifies the traditional 3D print preparation workflow and provides intelligence around printer usage so your team can get quality prints, faster. … A smooth 3D printing workflow.”

  • Tinkercad
    “Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!”

  • MyMiniFactory
    “MyMiniFactory is the curated 3D printing platform. Download and 3D print free – 100% tested – 3D objects created by a global community of talented designers.”