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3D Printing Services and Guidelines at the OUHSC Library

PURPOSE

CraftBot 2 3d Printer imageThe library has 2 Craftbot+ 3D printers available for printing objects for students, faculty, and staff of the OUHSC campus.  The printers are intended to support the education, research, and prototype needs of the OUHSC campus.  At this time we will not be printing items for the general public.  The 3D printer prints in PLA plastic and currently we do not have any other type of materials in which to print.

If you would like to have something printed on the 3D printer, please fill out our form and send the 3D file (.stl filetype) via email to the library at bhslnpm@ouhsc.edu.  Be sure to read the Policies & Guidelines tab for more information and pricing info.

Looking for 3D files or inspiration for design?  The resources below and in the resources tab offer free 3D files for printing.

3D DESIGN PROGRAMS

If you would like to design your own 3D print, there are lots of different options below and on the Resources tab:

  1. Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com/ is an online based program - Has the lowest learning curve. Tutorials on Tinkercad and how to design 3D objects
  2. Onshape https://www.onshape.com/ - online based program. CAD software with precise measurements.
  3. Blender https://www.blender.org/ - free download, large learning curve.
  4. Pixologic Sculptris http://pixologic.com/sculptris/ - free download for sculpting.  Starts with a ball of clay and creates shapes from there.
  5. OpenSCAD http://www.openscad.org/ - free download.  Learn unique programming commands to design stuff with specific distances and rations.

Do you have an image (jpg, png, gif, etc…) that you would like to turn into a 3D print?

Here is a youtube video that explains how to turn a regular image file into a 3D file that can be printed. 

You will need to download 2 pieces of free software:

Inkscape https://inkscape.org/en/download/ & Blender https://www.blender.org/download/

3D Prints on the Craftbot

3D printed brain image

Right & Left brain hemisphere from MRI scan of a 25 year old.
Model was obtained from NIH 3D Print Exchange.

3D printed skull image

Hinged skull with brain insert. Model was obtained from Thingiverse.com