A 3D printer takes a 3D drawing rendered on a computer and extrudes a plastic filament to "print" the object. Beginning May 22, 2017, ISU Libraries will offer 3D printing to students, faculty, and staff. For more information on 3D printing, see A Beginner's Guide to 3-D Printing.
First, you will need a 3D drawing to print out. You can create your own or find free designs available online. To ensure that your finished print will be what you expected, make sure to run your file through a print preparation program.
Second, fill out the 3D print request form and submit it to ISU Libraries. Please make sure to include your correct email address so that we can contact you with any questions. We will contact you when your print is ready to be picked up.
Third, after the object is finished printing, you will want to give it some finishing touches. You might remove support material, use sandpaper to smooth it out, or add some paint to give it the final appearance you want.
Brigham Young University Science & Map Department. (2017). 3D printing guide. Retrieved from http://guides.lib.byu.edu/c.php?g=216600&p=1429612
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UPrinting. (n.d.). A beginner's guide to 3-d printing. Retrieved from https://www.uprinting.com/guide-to-3d-printing.html (Thank you Michelle and Stacey of the Lyndhurst Stem Club for Girls for suggesting this site!)