The University of Michigan strives to lead its students in both the understanding and creation of knowledge. Applying concepts to real-world scenarios and improving upon them often requires the “making” of objects for the purpose of prototyping function, improving communication of complex concepts, or serving as the end product. Anyone within the University community, regardless of their field of study or academic role, can create physical 3-dimensional objects from their digital designs and access the expertise needed to ensure a smooth process.
As an extension of existing services, the UM3D Lab has purchased the Cube Printer as an open access, hands-on model targeted at student users. This low-cost alternative will allow students to experiment with 3D printing on their own. Come with your 3D model and test it out! Bring an STL file of your own design (or download one from Thingiverse) and a USB stick, and learn about 3D printing firsthand. Get some inspiration from our display case of printed objects, or from the recent 3D Printing Expo.
There is material at the ready on a first come, first serve basis to encourage initial use and experimentation, after which students will be encouraged to BYOC (Bring Your Own Cartridge). Cartridges of ABS and PLA plastic in various colors can be bought <a href=”http://cubify.com/cube/store_parts.aspx?type=cartridge”>here </a>for $50 which contain enough material to print 8-10 mid-sized parts (about the size of an iPhone case).
Tell us what works and what you’d like to see, and enjoy!
By Josephine Keenan