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3Doodler Create Pens

The 3Doodler Create is the latest generation of the world’s first and best-selling 3D printing pen. Compact & easy to use, the 3Doodler Create extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure.

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Alunar M508

The Alunar M508 Prusa i3 3D printer is a DIY kit based on the popular RepRap design. Made from piano-black laser-cut acrylic frame, it supports a variety of materials with its heated print bed and hot end that can reach 240°C.

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HP Sprout Pro G2

Manipulate the physical and digital worlds in innovative ways with immersive technology that’s built with a PC, hi-res cameras, Touch Mat and 2D and 3D scanning capabilities.

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LulzBot Taz 6

“Engineers, designers, educators, and makers agree: The LulzBot TAZ 6 is the most reliable, easiest-to-use desktop 3D printer ever, featuring innovative self-leveling and self-cleaning, and a modular tool head design for flexible and multi-material upgrades. With proven 3D printing technology and one of the largest print volumes in its class, the LulzBot TAZ 6 is ready to work.”

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Makerbot Replicator 2

Create professional-quality, high-resolution prototypes and complex models. 100-micron layer resolution and a 6,717 centimeter3 build volume. DIY manual extruder troubleshooting. Create realistic prototypes and models for demonstrations and presentations. Choose settings that range from fast draft to finer resolution.

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Prusa i3 MK2

An open-source fused deposition modeling 3D printer. Part of the RepRap project, it is the most used 3D printer in the world. The Prusa i3’s comparable low cost and ease of construction and modification has made it popular in education and with hobbyists and professionals.

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UP Mini 2

The UP Mini 2 is for people who want to start 3D printing in no time. With its new sleek design, the UP Mini 2 versatile machine suitable for anyone, anywhere. Features consistent print quality, new mechanical design, and the capability to print in 0.15mm layers.

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FAQs


How can I print something on one of the 3D printers?

There are three ways to get something printed:

  1. Pay to Print. Anyone can purchase a print. We charge based on the size of the model (and how much filament is used). See below for more information on selecting and buying a print.
  2. Complete the self-paced “Intro to 3D Modeling” Module in Canvas and earn a 3D Modeling Digital Badge. Earning the badge entitles you to up to 3 free prints a month! Click here for more information about badging.
  3. Students who are enrolled in or have completed Helix’s CAD class with Ms. Bullock are able to print their own original AutoCad or SketchUp designs for free. (Some restrictions may apply.)

If I want to pay to print, how much does it cost?

It depends on the size of the model. Although there are exceptions, the general guidelines for pricing are as follow:

  • Quick Prints (less than 30 minutes print time): $1- $2
  •  Small designs (less than 1 hour print time): $2 – $3
  •  Phone cases (about 1.5 hours print time): $4 – $5
  •  Medium designs (1-3 hours print time): $3 – $10
  •  Large designs (more than 3 hours print time): See Mrs. Potter for price

How can I find a design to print?

If you want to print a design that someone else has already created, go to www.thingiverse.com and select a design. Then, send us the URL using this Google Form, and we’ll add you to the printing queue.

How long will it take to get my print?

It depends on how many people are waiting, the size of the print, and how many printers are currently in operation. Some designs can only be printed on certain printers, and 3D printers are prone to problems such as filament clogs, electrical issues, leveling trouble, etc. that take time to troubleshoot and fix. We can give you an estimated time, but please be aware that it may take longer than expected.

How can I use the HP Sprout Pro?

Because the Sprout is an expensive, specialized piece of equipment, there are restrictions on its use. While we want students to be able to use the machine, we also want to be sure that it’s being used properly. Here are your options:

 

Software


AutoCAD 2017

An amazing, fast, and intuitive 3D-modeling software used by industry professionals.

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SketchUp

Free, easy-to-learn 3D modeling software.

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TinkerCad

A simple, online 3D design and printing app for students, hobbyists, and tinkerers.

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