Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New 3D printer at LC

This summer Information Technology bought a Makerbot Replicator 5th generation 3D printer to be housed in the Resource Lab in Watzek Library



      The new printer is more reliable, faster, and more affordable than the previous clunker, which has been donated to science.
To celebrate the awesomeness that is the Makerbot,  IT is rolling out a new 3D printing policy.  Any member of the Lewis & Clark community is eligible to use the 3D printer and pay for the print using pages from their print balance.


For example, if you print this model of the Mars Curiosity rover,  it costs about 70 pages of your print balance and takes about 4 hours to print.
We printed one in purple!

You can find plenty of free 3D files online (thingiverse.com) or even design your own model with free software like Google Sketchup.  Look for files with the .stl file extension.

If you've got a hankering to try out 3D printing, contact itservice@lclark.edu (x7225) to set up a printing appointment. 

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