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3D Printing

Design It, Create It

 Replicator 2 By Makerbot

3D printing is transforming the design industry and education. Providing 3D models helps students and faculty discuss concepts more concretely than was available with 3D computer modeling or often slower wood and hand modeling techniques. The BAC has several 3D printers that offer a robust, yet extremely affordable method to create models.

The Makerbot Replicator 2 uses an additive 3D printing process called Fused Deposition Modeling. It extrudes heated plastic layers to build a solid, physical model from a digital 3D file. Current print colors include white, black, and "clear". 

Availability

3D Printers are available on a first-come-first-served basis, seven days a week to all BAC student, faculty, and staff.  You must model your idea in 3D modeling software such as SketchUP, Rhino, 3DS Max, etc. Once your file is ready to print, we add it to the queue. Jobs can not be started later than 1 hour before CODER closes.

No appointments are necessary for using the 3D printers. Users should visit the CODER Lab in person, with their digital files available. A CODER staff member will review the files and make suggestions regarding edits, file clean-up, orientation, and more. Once the file is approved for printing, it will be added to the print queue. During mid-terms and finals the queue can be up to 4 or 5 days long. However, while turnaround times can’t be guaranteed, most prints can be completed within 24 hours.

Rules

To ensure equitable use, only BAC-related objects can be printed on the 3D printers. These include studio work, Gateway work, and independent study work. This does not include objects for your office, or independent business. Because our printers are running continually, we must enforce these rules. In addition, your files must be 3D compatible and if deemed non printable, will be returned for revision.

Pricing

Pricing is a very reasonable 10 cents per gram.  Most prints end up costing $7 or less, and are deducted from your student printing account. Similar prints at commercial shops are often two to five times more costly. 

Getting Started

  • Please read through the 3dPrintInfo Primer for 3D Printing at the BAC.
  • Read how to use the makerbots here.
  • If you'd like to experiment with file throughput, you can install MakerWare on your home or personal computer to explore your files.