So You Want to Start Printing…

If you just want to print something look for files online. The easiest files to use are .stl and .obj depending on the type of printer you have.

Step 1: Go to thingiverse.com or google “sites like thingiverse” to find a model you want. You can also just Google something like “.stl bird”. Not all files that you find are necessarily free.

Step 2: Download and save.

Step 3: Open with a computer that has a slicer that is connected to the 3D printer. If you’re using a MakerBot Printer, use MakerBot Desktop. If you’re using the FormLabs Form 1+, open PreForm.

Step 4: Make sure the object is printable (on the platform, not too much overhang without support, scaled correctly, etc.) and press print.

Step 5: Wait for it to finish and take off the platform with the spatula.

If you want to design something:

 

 

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