Just few details about this activity.
This is sample object I’ve created to see if 3D printed object could be of any use.
This is part of my computer keyboard that was broken.
It is small enough to be created quickly, yet have to print and see if it’ll fit.
You create design using a drawing software.
TinkerCAD is one of the most popular for beginner being easier to use than standard engineering software.
It is online only software and free, so everyone can learn how to use it.
Once design is completed, it is necessary to export to a file format that can be used for printing.
The commonly used file format is STL file.
STL is short for STEREO LITHOGRAPHIC, for sure STL will be easier to remember.
The STL file then needs to be configured for printing.
Configuration is mostly for:
- Printing mode
Mostly we use Makerbot printer.
- Online files – where designs are created
- STL files – the exported or downloaded file that needs to be converted into printer specific format
- filename.print – The project file containing the files that needs to be configured for printing
- filename.makerbot – The file that will be used by Makerbot for printing. Usually in a USB drive plugged to the 3D printer.
A 3D object file format that can be printed directly from any software to any 3D printer.
An affordably priced colored 3D printer.
- Create drawing using 3D software TinkerCAD, Fusion 3D, etc…
- Export drawing usually to STL to your USB drive
- Create 3D printer file using printer software MakerBot, etc…
- Import STL file into 3D printer file
- Update configuration, normally scale needs to be adjusted for actual printing size
- Export 3D file for printing to USB drive
- Safely eject USB drive and plug to 3D printer
- 3D print and ENJOY!