3D printing is one of the most popular forms of digital fabrication, and allows you to transform digital 3d models that you scan, download, or create yourself, into physical objects for a variety of creative and technical projects.

We’ve collected a few resources here to help get you started, but if you really want to get a feel for it you can schedule a time to come by on one of our Maker Dayz and learn how to print something hands-on. Click on the videos below to get a quick sense of 3D printing.

 

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Brief Introduction

 

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SOFTWARE TOOLS

RepRap software guide
Inkscape 2D design & illustration
SketchUp 3D modeling & illustration
Blender 3D modeling & animation
AutoCAD CAD software
OpenSCAD free CAD scripting
Cubify Sense 3D scanner
TinkerCad 3D modeling
Adobe Illustrator 2D design & illustration

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3D PRINTING

RepRap open design community
​Printrbot Simple user guide
Slic3r 3D processing
Skeinforge 3D processing
Pronterface 3D printing
Cura 3D processing and printing

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PROJECT IDEAS

Thingiverse 3D object library
Yeggi 3D object search engine
MAKE: 3D printing project ideas
​Instructables instructions
123D apps for all things 3D
TinkerCAD design gallery
YouMagine 3D printing community
STL Finder search engine
Makerbot 3D printing education