What it is:
3D printing is a process of transforming a digital object into a physical one. The printing done in Mule Works is achieved by precisely melting spools of plastic into the shape seen on the computer, all controlled by a computer program. 3D printing has been used to create sculptures, mechanical objects, clothing, or replicas of priceless artifacts.
How to get started:
To begin printing, you will need to take a workshop to learn how to use the printer. Once certified, you will be able to print files.
When beginning with 3D printing, Thingiverse is a helpful website to find models that are ready to print. To modify these objects, explore Meshmixer, Blender, or Maya — all software found on the Mule Works computers.
- PLA — The default material for prints, with a range of available colors. This material is reliable and easy to print.
- Nylon — Nylon offers high durability and offers more flexibility than standard PLA.
- PVA — Water-soluble material used in structural supports not intended to be part of the final model.