3D Printing and Scanning

ITS is excited to make 3D printing and 3D scanning available at UIS! ITS Client Services, located in the lower level of Brookens Library, has a MakerBot Replicator 2X and a MakerBox Digitizer available for course-related projects.

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material.

There are many applications that can be used to design the model to be printed, including SketchUp or 123D. We have installed the entire Autodesk suite of software in the UHB 2000 lab and the Media Lab. This software is also available free of charge to faculty, staff, and students. MakerBot Replicator 2X

The 3D printer can print objects in 2 colors. Departments will be charged for the cost of the filament used to print each object.

File types that are compatible with our printer are:

  • *.x3g
  • *.s3g

File types that can be converted to work with our printer are:

  • Wavefront OBJ – *.obj
  • ASCII STL – *.stl
  • Binary STL – *.stl
  • Thing – *.thing

Thingiverse is an excellent source for ideas for using 3D printing.

3dscannerThe 3D scanner creates 3D models that are ready to 3D print and works seamlessly with our printer.

Please contact Kara McElwrath or Jeff Sudduth for more information about how to use 3D printing and scanning in your course. And be sure to check out how 3D printing was used in a Chemistry class here at UIS and how others are using 3D printing!