How to 3D Print at the UTC Library
Do you know what you want to print?
If the answer is “no,” you can check online for something that’s already been designed. A good place to start is Thingiverse. Download the .stl file(s) for the object (they’re usually under the “Thing Files” tab) and submit your request. If the answer is “yes,” make sure you have an .stl file ready to go. If you got it from Thingiverse or another website, there’s a good chance that the files are already in the correct format. If you designed it yourself using SketchUp, Solidworks, or other modeling programs, you just need to export your file to .stl. We can help you do this if you’re not sure how. Once you have an .stl, you just need to fill in the 3D Printing Form and we’ll get the process started.
Designing in 3D
Ready to try designing your own object? The Studio can help you get started.
Here are some of our favorite programs:
- A great place to get started if you've never done any 3D modeling before
- Web-based and free, but you will need an account
- A move advanced program for people looking for something more robust
- Often used in Interior Design
- Available on Studio Computers.
If you’re interested in starting to learn 3D modeling to make your own designs, the Studio is happy to help you. Just make an appointment.