Prusa 3D Printer
The Prusa is a hobby class prototyping machine that heats up solid plastic to print 3D parts. In the Maker Lab we have 8 Prusa i3 MK3S 3D printers.
Training Required: Basic Training and 3D Printer Training
Workspace: 250x210x210mm (9.8x8.3x8.3 inches)
Materials: PLA, ABS,Flex PP, Ninjaflex, Nylon, and more
File Types: STL, 3MF, OBJ
Material Fees: School-related prints are free. Personal prints are charged based on material use.
Common Terminology: Raft- a base that is printed to create a foundation for the part(s) to be printed on top of; Skirt- an outline that is printed to clean the extruder without touching the part; Brim- a specialized type of skirt that touches the part and is useful for increasing the surface area for small parts
Software for creating 3D model:
You can use any 3D modeling software that can save as a STL, 3MF, or OBJ. Here are some free options.
AutoDesk Suite offers free software. Recommend Fusion 360 for experienced or TinkerCAD for beginners
SketchUp offers free software
Software for slicing 3D model to send to 3D printer:
Build Plate Adhesion Sample
Sample print to show the various types of build plate adhesion (skirt, brim, raft) when printing. You can also print models to be used for prototyping, final production, gifts, and more.
Other Resources for ideas include--
Thingiverse for 3D printer ideas