The UM3D Lab offers a wide range of 3D Printing technologies to help you create physical versions of your digital creations. We want to provide you the technology and support needed for you to do what you do best, come up with great ideas and novel uses!
For those interested in learning a bit more about the 3d printing process we have a small collection of PrintrBot Play 3d printers. The PrintrBot Play is a low cost single extruder head Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3d printer. What this means is that the PB heats and extrudes thermoplastic from a single nozzle. If you’ve used the Cube 2 printers before you will already have some idea of how it works. If you have no experience with 3D printing, don’t worry as we have consultants on staff to guide you through the process!
Note: PrintrBot 3d printers are part of the ‘Guided 3D Printing’ service. Material is provided by the MLibrary. Consultants operate the print server, load material, and remove parts from the 3d printer. PrintrBots are an educational resource, they are not production 3d printers. See ‘Guided 3D Printing‘ for details.
Steps to 3D Printing on the PrintrBot Play:
2. Get Access to the PBPrintrBots are only available when a 3D Printing Consultant is on staff. During these hours you can submit your g-code file for printing. Consultant hours move around so be sure to check the calendar.
3. Set up your 3D PrintYou will use Cura to set up your 3d print job. A computer at the UM3D Lab has been specially configured for the PrintrBot Play. Only use this computer as an improperly configured software can damage the PrintrBot Play.
4. Retrieve your 3d printed partPlease return the Cube to the state that you found it in. Remove your part, clean the print plate, toss any waste, return checkout items, and don’t forget to take your USB memory stick.