How to print

University Libraries is pleased to offer 3D printing services to the University community in Bruno, Gorgas, McLure, and Rodgers Libraries for a fee. In Bruno, Gorgas, and McLure libraries staff will print the design and notify you when to pick up your completed job at the circulation desk in the library you submitted to. In Rodger, after training, you print the object yourself. You may email their completed 3D image (STL) files to:

Bruno: 3dbruno@ua.edu    Gorgas: 3dlib@ua.edu    McLure: 3dmclure@ua.edu    Rodgers: 3drodgers@ua.edu
The University Libraries is now charging for 3D printing ($2/print job in Bruno, Gorgas, and McLure; $15/print job in Rodgers). For more information, please contact the circulation desks at any of the University Libraries and review the 3D Printing Policy. If printing at Rodgers Library, check out the Makerspaces Guide.

Available Options

Gorgas 3D Printer

Da-Vinci

da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

Available 2nd floor of Gorgas New location!

3D Studio located in Rodgers Library

 Participation in a 3D Printer Training and Safety Workshop offered by a Rodgers Library staff member is required prior to use

NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner

NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner

 Kit and notebook at circulation desk
Da-Vinci

Stratasys 3D Printer

 Kit and notebook at circulation desk

XYZprinting DaVinci 1.0

Maximum build size 7.8(w) x 7.8(h) x 7.8(d) inches or 20(w) x 20(h) x 20(d) cm Z AXIS RESOLUTION 0.100mm (0.004″ / 100 microns) LAYER THICKNESS 100 microns, 200 microns, 300 microns for fast and 400 microns for ultra fast mode.

About 3D Printing

WHAT IS 3D PRINTING?

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. (From http://3dprinting.com/what-is-3d-printing)

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). This scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object and puts it into a 3D modeling program.

To prepare the digital file created in a 3D modeling program for printing, the software slices the final model into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers. When this prepared file is uploaded in the 3D printer, the printer creates the object layer by layer. The 3D printer reads every slice (or 2D image) and proceeds to create the object blending each layer together with no sign of the layering visible, resulting in one three dimensional object.

(From http://3dprinting.com/what-is-3d-printing/#howitworks)

 
Example

More printed projects here: https://goo.gl/photos/hWTkTtUexojra57HA

Resource

UA COMMUNITY

UA Libraries 3D Printing group message board – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ua3dlib

UA College of Engineering 3D Prototyping Lab – http://3dlab.eng.ua.edu/

 

Model Repositories

Thingiverse.com

GrabCAD.com

Yeggi.com (3d model search Engine)

Google.com (search for .stl files)

Help

For questions about 3D Printing service at Gorgas Library, please email 3dlib@ua.edu for assistance, or post your question to UA3DLIB google message board :

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ua3dlib