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What is 3-D printing?
3-D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital model file. Used widely for prototyping and design projects, 3-D printing allows for low-cost, rapid ideation before arriving at a final finished product. 3-D printing can be used for fun, for research and for creative purposes.
UCC library supports students and staff in building capabilities in digital literacy, as well as emerging technologies by unveiling a 3-D printing service located in the Boole Library.
Find a free 3-D Model Design
Browse, download and remix thousands of 3-D model designs for free.
Create your own!
Create your own 3-D model designs using Tinkercad, a free, easy-to-learn 3D modeling software. Any other CAD software will work too.
REMEMBER TO EXPORT YOUR DESIGNS AS AN STL FILE.
The library provides a 3-D printing service to all registered UCC students and staff. The service is operated by library staff who process 3-D files requested by users.
Cost: Currently free (but charges may be introduced in the future). The 3-D printing service is intended to be an occasional printing service, and excessive volumes of printing requests from a single user may not be offered for free.
Product: 3-D files will be printed in polylactide (PLA), which is a biodegradable thermoplastic polyester made from renewable resources such as sugarcane. The library has a limited range of PLA colours available, and the 3-D model will be printed using the filament loaded in the printer at time of printing.
Preparation: Only files submitted as .STL will be printed. Model files will be printed without modification - you are responsible for ensuring the object is sized correctly and that all design elements are as required. Library staff will only check the submitted file for obvious technical issues that may impact the printing process. Where such issues will impact the printing process, a member of staff will contact you to review your design/file issues.
Print size: The library currently operates a Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation 3-D printer. The maximum volume for printed objects is 250mm x 199mm x 150mm. Objects with smaller dimensions tend to have a more reliable print experience.
Print Colour: Objects are printed using one solid colour. Your object will be printed in whichever colour filament is in the printer at the time of printing. We're not able to accommodate specific colour requests.
Post-processing: All objects require support mesh material to be printed with them. These materials can be easily removed, but you are responsible for their removal. The library will not be responsible for any smoothing or finishing requirements needed with your object.
3-D Printing Process: