3D Printer Kit
Here’s the 3D Printer in our 3D Printing Loaner Kit. It is an extrusion-based, single print head printer. This means that it can print one color at a time but you can change colors mid print.
What is 3D printing and how does it work?
How to deploy a 3D Printer in a library
Custom Print Modes & Settings in Print
Arranging Objects on the Build Plate
What Software Should I be Using?
Z Calibration and Z-Axis Offset
Finding Information About Your Printer
Buy the new version here for $1299
This is the plastic 3D printers melt down and use like ink. There are many different colors and types. The main two types are ABS and PLA. ABS is a standard, high temp, plastic that is used in things like car bumpers. PLA is a low temp, biodegradable plastic created from plant products. Here is where the two plastics divide and will help to explain why different groups prefer one over the other.
There are also other filament types including, but not limited to: wood, copper, brass, iron, flexible, transparent, TPU, nylon, recycled, conductive and many more.
Using the same plastic and technology as a 3D printer, you can draw in 3D!
Get creative with your filament: use conductive filament to draw a working circuit, or inject PLA into a broken part from a 3D printer. Push ABS into a cracked bumper, or weld printed parts together.
See it in action here: