3D Printing Resources
David Trask's Website: David Trask is a K-8 Technology Teacher at Vassalboro Community School and has created a website of tips and tricks for using 3D printers in the classroom.
- TinkerCad: https://www.tinkercad.com
Beginners - Intermediate
Uses primitive shapes
- OnShape: http://www.onshape.com
Intermediate - Advanced
Share and edit parts (similar to Google drive)
- Happy 3D: http://www.flashforge.com/happy-3d/
- SketchUp for Schools: https://edu.sketchup.com/app
CAD (Computer Aided Design) Programs
CAD programs are used to design custom 3D objects and there are several programs on the market. You can use any CAD program to create your design as long as the program is able to export the 3D file into one of these formats:
- Wavefront OBJ (*.obj)
- ASCII STL (*.stl)
- Binary STL (*.stl)
- Thing (*.thing)
Preparing Model for Printing
Saving and Sharing Models
TinkerCAD automatically saves models every few seconds when using the program in your browser, but if you would like to share your model with a friend so they can print or edit, here are some options:
- Make your model public and anyone can search for your part name in the TinkerCAD library.
- Upload to Thingiverse
- Export your file as a STL file. This file can be imported into MakerBot Desktop or TinkerCAD.
OnShape also automatically saves models every few seconds. If you would like to share your model, OnShape has a few options:
- Click on the SHARE button and you can enter email addresses to share this document to edit or view (similar to Google docs).
- Export as an STL file. This file type can be imported into MakerBot Desktop or TinkerCAD.
- Export as a SOLIDWORKS file. This file type can be imported into OnShape.
MakerBot Replicator 2 Resources
11.2”L x 6.0”W x 6.1”H
25.5cm L x 15.3 cm W x 15.5 cm H