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3d printing and scanning facility.
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3D Printing Guidelines

See the 3-D Printing User Guidelines for information on the Maker Space and how to use it.

3-D Application Request Form

3d Print Request Form.

(no form neccessary for scanning)




    Books about 3d printing and related subjects

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    Autodesk Inventor 2015 Essentials Plus - Daniel T. Banach; Travis Jones
    ISBN: 1585039039
    Publication Date: 2014-03-01
    This book is temporarily shelved in the 3d lab.

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    Makerspaces - John J. Burke
    ISBN: 9781442229679
    Publication Date: 2014-07-17
    A makerspace is an area in a library where users can use tools and equipment to design, build, and create all sorts of different things. It may be a dedicated room or a multipurpose space in which a collection of raw materials and resources can be utilized as desired. Projects range from prototyping product designs with 3D printers, to programming robots, to creating art out of recycled items. This practical guide will help librarians .develop, budget for, and implement makerspaces; .write grant proposals for funding; .and understand the mindset behind the maker movement in order to meet patron needs. Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians also includes useful case studies, descriptions of equipment and new technologies, and models for planning and assessing projects."

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    3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, Tinkercad, and MakerBot - Lydia Cline
    ISBN: 9780071833479
    Publication Date: 2014-11-27
    Master the art of 3D printing with step-by-step tutorials and DIY projects Are you ready to join the new industrial revolution? 3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, Tinkercad, and MakerBot reveals how to turn your ideas into physical products that you can use or sell! You'll learn how tooperate powerful, free software from Autodesk and bring your creations to life with the MakerBot--a leading consumer printer--or an online service bureau. Practical examples take you through the Design, Catch, Meshmixer, Tinkercad, Make, and CNC Utility apps, and the MakerBot Desktop. Fun projects, easy-to-follow instructions, and clear screenshots progress from installing the software to printing the design. Videos and digital files accompany this hands-on guide. Make your own creations with Design and Tinkercad Download editable, premade content Generate construction documents with the LayOut feature Create and edit a reality capture model with Catch Edit and mash up .stl files with Meshmixer Navigate the MakerBot Desktop Print the model on your own machine or with a service bureau

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    3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft - Bridgette Mongeon
    ISBN: 9781138844339
    Publication Date: 2015-09-30
    The possibilities for creation are endless with 3D printing, sculpting, scanning, and milling, and new opportunities are popping up faster than artists can keep up with them. 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft takes the mystery out of these exciting new processes by demonstrating how to navigate their digital components and showing their real world applications. Artists will learn to incorporate these new technologies into their studio work and see their creations come to life in a physical form never before possible. Featuring a primer on 3D basics for beginners,interviews, tutorials, and artwork from over 80 artists, intellectual property rights information, and a comprehensive companion website, this book is your field guide to exploring the exhilarating new world of 3D. Follow step-by-step photos and tutorials outlining the techniques, methodologies, and finished products of master artists who have employed 3D technology in new and inventive ways Learn how to enlarge, reduce, and repurpose existing artwork and create virtual pieces in physical forms through a variety of mediums Research your options with an accessible list of pros and cons of the various software, 3D printers, scanners, milling machines, and vendors that provide services in 3D technology Listen to podcasts with the artists and learn more tips and tricks through the book's website

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    Blender for Dummies - Jason van Gumster
    ISBN: 9781119047131
    Publication Date: 2015-04-13
    Learn 3D animation the easy way with this complete step-by-step guide Blender For Dummies is the quick and easy guide to learning 3D modeling and animation using the popular, free, open source Blender software. You'll learn how to create models, animate movement, and render well-lit scenes as you master the powerful features that rival the more expensive professional animation software. This third edition is updated to cover the latest features added in Blender, including digital sculpting with dynamic topology, rendering with the incredibly powerful Cycles renderer, and more advanced simulation tools. You'll learn the shortcuts and tricks that make creating animation a reality for anyone at any level. The companion web site provides access to additional tutorials that give you the confidence you need to start animating quickly. This useful guide blends the functionality of a reference with the hands-on learning that develops your skills and understanding in a flash.  Create 3D objects with meshes, curves, and surfaces Add color, texture, shades, reflections, and transparencies Set your models in motion with animation and rigging Create expert-level scenes with lighting and camera placement If you want to learn 3D animation, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars getting started, Blender is just the solution you need. Blender For Dummies is the ultimate learning companion.

    Instructions and training by machine type


    Before a physical object can be printed there has to be a .stl format 3d file.  This file can be downloaded complete from the internet, be imported from an .obj file that a scanner creates, be designed from scratch in a 3d modeling software or be a modification of a scan or download.  3d scanning and printing is not a fast process compared with 2d scanning and printing, please be prepared to wait for your process or processes to complete.  You may want to bring a book while you wait or read one of ours about 3d technologies.

     Matter and Form Scanner  

    -Place object on the center of the turntable and click the icon on the attached computer.

    - glossy or shiny objects may require a dusting of talcum powder or corn starch (available on request) for best results

    1) turn on scanner, button is the logo on the back.  Turn on floor lamps to insure lots of light without shadows.

    2) open the green “MF” software on the desktop and choose “new scan” when the software connects

    3) single color is easier, when you are offered the choice

    4) when your scan finishes it needs to be cleaned, after naming and saving your file a .mfcx format file, choose the clean function at the top of the window.

    5) sliding the crop from center control is generally the most useful but there are several options available to remove digital fragments that do not correspond to your work piece. 

    6 When you are satisfied, you may save/export to an .obj or a .stl format file.

    - 2 or 3 scans can be merged with the “combine” icon to fill in missing areas of the scan.

    -Produces a .obj file that Blender or other 3d software can convert into an .stl file.

     Blender, a 3d modeling software

    Can import a wide variety of format and export .stl, the type of file the printers need

    Can also create simple geometric objects from scratch.   Blender is an extremely complex and flexible tool.  Blender is also not the only 3d software.  While we cannot provide a step by step tutorial of all of the functions, here is a video of how to use Blender to digitally “fix” a broken plastic part.

    uPrint SE plus- print from ABS thermoplastic

     Why      - you will have to perform minimal clean up,

                    -slightly faster than the Form 1 for typical jobs,

     1) click the CatalystEX software to open the uPrint SE interface. 

    2) File- Open and find your .stl file.

    3) There are several options to the right.  You may modify them of accept the defaults.  Printing a “solid” may cause warping of your work piece. 

    4) Select the orientation tab.  The uPrint normally prints layer upon layer of plastic netting.  The finished piece will be weakest between these nets of plastic, so make sure that the most fragile parts of your stl are laid horizontally.  Hint- an easy way to rotate the piece is to select a top or bottom radio button and then click on where that top or bottom should be

    5) press the “add to pack” button.

    6) on the pack tab, try to orient your print job away from any marks on the tray if re-using a tray and if using a fresh one please place your job along the edges.

    7) Press Print

    8) when your job is done use the gloves provided to unlock and remove your tray.  Carefully scrape off your print job with the spatula and remove any support material.

    9) start model should be flashing on the printer. Press the appropriate button.

    Form 1+ SLA- print from resin

    Why      -  Superb resolution, conventional 3d printing often leaves visible ridges. 

                   -  Operates at room temperature

    Before you start, make sure that the resin tank at the bottom is sufficiently full, but not over full.  Note the indicator markings on the front of the tank.  Form 1+ resin tank

    Make sure the baseplate is locked.  Staff, insure this instructions have been carried out.

    Form 1 baseplate locked down

    1) turn on the form1 if the power button is dark.

    2) open up the blue “Preform” software, and choose your resolution.  Then open your .stl file

    3) you may adjust your orientation, sizing and supports, these options will be on the left.  Be sure to examine how the supports will be attached, especially with regard to moving parts.

    4) send to the printer, the button is on the left. 

    5) when your print job is done, put on the gloves provided and unlock and remove the baseplate.  Wash them in rubbing alcohol and carefully remove the print job with the spatula.  You may remove the supports by clipping them or breaking them off.

    6) Press button on printer to confirm.

    7) User may unlock baseplate with nitrile gloves provided, remove work piece with a spatula and wash both with isopropyl alcohol.


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    Fayetteville State University
    1200 Murchison Road
    Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
    Regular Hours 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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