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3D Print Lab

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The University Library’s 3D Print Lab offers UWA staff and students a place to learn, design and experiment with the exciting possibilities of object printing in an open and supportive laboratory environment.

Sign up to a 3D Print Lab to use the Library’s two Makerbot 3D printers, experiment with 3D printing software on our PCs, and get help from library staff.

3D Print Lab is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 2-3pm, located in Reid Library First Floor (Room 1.13).

  1. Specifications
  2. How the 3D Print Lab works
  3. Cost
  4. Conditions of use
  5. Introduction to 3D Printing
  6. 3D modelling Software
  7. 3D Samples
  8. Book your place in the 3D Print Lab

Specifications

  • Machine: Makerbot Replicator+
  • Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modelling, PLA Filament
  • Maximum Build Size: 295 x 197 x 165 mm (11.6 x 7.6 x 6.5 in)
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (0.015 in)
  • Accepted File Format:.makerbot
  • Colours Available: Grey
  • Print Times: Print times will vary depending on the size of the model

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How the 3D Print Lab works

  1. Register to attend a Lab session. These are offered Mon, Wed, Fri from 2pm-3pm each week in Reid Library. In the registration process you’ll be asked about your experience with 3D printing, and what you’d like to do in the Lab.
  2. Attend your Lab session. The Lab is an informal, collaborative learning environment, with a small group of other users. You might set up a print job, create a new design, tweak an existing design, or do some troubleshooting. Self-directed learning and experimenting is encouraged. Staff will be on hand to walk you through the process if you are new to 3D printing, or perhaps they will be able to learn from you, if you’ve had prior experience.
  3. Run your print job. When your design is ready we’ll help you send it to print and you can watch the first few layers go down, before leaving it to run. We’ll let you know when it’s complete and you can come to collect it. On some occasions, depending on demand, printing may be set up by staff on your behalf, outside of lab time.

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Cost

The 3D Print Lab is a pilot service from UWA Library, which is currently free for UWA staff and students, noting the conditions of use below.

Following the free pilot service period, the University Library may introduce a cost model to cover the costs of materials used in the 3D Print Lab.

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Conditions of use

  • All users must be either current UWA students or staff.
  • Library staff will support you to use the printers to the best of their ability; however each user is responsible for their own learning in the 3D Print Lab.
  • All print jobs must be within reasonable material limits. Library staff will review each print job and you may be asked to adjust your configuration (size, density, etc).
  • One print job per user, per Lab.
  • New Lab users will have priority over repeat users.
  • Reprints will not be offered if a print does not turn out exactly as expected or is partially damaged in removal from the build tray.
  • Reprints will be offered if there is a significant machine fault.
  • If there is a queue it may take a few days before a print job can be run.
  • Post-processing is the responsibility of the user.
  • The 3D printers may be used for lawful purposes only. Clients will not be permitted to use the printer to create objects that are:
      1. Prohibited by Australian law.
      2. In violation of another’s intellectual property rights; for example, material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
      3. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or that may pose an immediate threat to the well being of others.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  • Users of the 3D Print Lab must abide by all applicable Australian laws including the Copyright Act, 1968 and University policies including the Computer and Software Use Regulations and Library Rules.
  • Users of the 3D Print Lab should be aware that the Library may contact you in the future regarding your use of the lab, in order to evaluate this service.
  • The service will be offered as a free trial in 2018. After this time the library may introduce a fee to cover the cost of materials used in the 3D Print Lab.
 

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Introduction to 3D Printing

We recommend the following if you are brand new to 3D printing:

This short video explains some of the possibilities of object printing:

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3D Modelling Software

The following software is provided in the 3D Print Lab:

  • Blender – free for personal use
  • OpenSCAD – free for personal use, requires some programming abilities
  • Fusion360
  • AutoCAD - UWA students can download AutoCAD for free.
  • Makerbot Print – free for personal use

The Library offers access to a large collection of online training videos via VTC which includes helpful videos to familiarise yourself with this software.

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3D Samples

Sample 3D objects printed in the 3D Print Lab.

  
Mars Curiousity Rover

Mars Curiousity Rover

https://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/detail/mars-rover-curiosity

Cali Cat

Cali Cat

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1606181

Flexi Rex

Flexi Rex

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1606181

Venus Box

Venus Box

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1606181

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Book your place in the 3D Print Lab

See the details of individual sessions in the calendar below. All sessions are free of charge, however we do require you to register your attendance.

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