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3D Printing

This section is a work in progress! Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these pages.

Welcome to 3D Printing!! You and your students are about to embark on an exciting, exploratory journey using 3D Printers.  This guide was made with you in mind as a step by step guide for all experience levels whether it is used to get you started, provide you with a reminder, or to help you troubleshoot a problem.  

If you come across a problem that is not covered in this guide, please let us know via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Also, we welcome suggestions and comments if you think we can make this guide more helpful for future users.  Thank you for your help!

 a 3d printed boat for a STEM activity

Table of Contents:

  1. Getting Started
    1. The Printers
      1. FlashForge
      2. MakerBot
    2. Initial Setup
      1. FlashForge
      2. MakerBot
    3. Test Print
      1. FlashForge
      2. MakerBot
  2. Designing your project
    1. Software to design
      1. TinkerCad
  3. Printing your project
    1. FlashForge
    2. MakerBot  
  4. Troubleshooting 
    1. FlashForge
    2. MakerBot
  5. Resources
  6. Lesson Bank
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