Alden High School has a 3D printer that is available for student use.
The 3D printing process for the ACHS Innovation Lab:
- Get Teacher Approval of your design concept and reason for printing the object.
- Design the object using CAD software. (Autodesk Inventor, tinkercad.com, others)
- Save the CAD file into a format that is 3D printable. (.stl, .obj, others)
- Import the 3D printable file into Makerware (available in the Innovation Lab or at home with the free download from www.makerbot.com)
- Ensure the file looks appropriate (size, placement, ...) on the virtual build plate.
- Get teacher approval of the Makerware file AND the printing specifications (supports, print rate, honeycomb, ...)
- Export the Makerware "filename.thing" file onto a flash (USB) drive.
- Insert the flash drive (USB) into the 3D printer.
- Locate the file and select print.
- Do NOT touch the printer or object until it finishes printing or stops due to an error/malfunction.
- Carefully remove the printed object.
- Clean off the build plate. Examine the blue build plate tape for wear/damage.
- Remove your flash drive and go away. :)
Note: There are other ways to print via connecting a computer or via a network. However, these are advanced an only may be done with close teacher supervision.
Here is a quick example of how 3D printing looks with our style of printer:
We have the Makerbot 5th Generation Desktop 3D Printer described below: