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3D Printing and Scanning: About

An overview of 3D Printing at LSC-North Harris Makerspace

Due to the the COVID-19 Outbreak, all Spring 2019 Makerspace Events, Workshops, and Appointments have been cancelled. The LSC-North Harris Library Makerspace remains closed.

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3D Printing Steps

3D Printing, sometimes called Additive Printing, is the process of layering material to create a finished, 3D object.

There are three steps to 3D Printing:

Create

Using software like TinkerCAD, AutoCAD, or Google Blocks, or tools like the Matter and Form 3D Scanner, create an object to print. There are many programs that you can use, all with their own pros and cons. If you are not sure where to begin, you can edit models that others have created and shared on sites like Thingiverse.

Slice

Using a program called a slicer, the data contained in your objects stl or obj file is converted into a code that tells the printer how to print your object.

Print

The code that is create with the Slicer program is then loaded into the printer, and your object is printed.