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3D Printers

Two 3D printing stations with dedicated computers
The Ultimaker and Makerbot 3D printing work stations.

Create a virtual design of the object you want to 3D print using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, from digital scan of an existing object, or downloaded from open sources online. Once uploaded, the 3D printer operating software generates a file that uses Fused Deposition Modeling to build the 3D print.

The MiL has three 3D printers:

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

  • A plastic filament unwinds form a coil and supplies material to an extrusion nozzle which can turn the flow on and off.
  • The heated nozzle melts the material.
  • The nozzle moves both horizontal and vertical directions.
  • The object is produced by extruding melted material forming layers.
  • Material hardens immediately after it is extruded from the nozzle.

File Specifications + Software

  • Rhino or another 3D modeling software

The 3D printers accept digital files created from 3D modeling software (.stl, .obj)


Students may be required to supply their own filament for 3D printing.


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