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3D printing: Media and Maker Commons

 

COVID-19: Media and Maker Commons services

Limited by-appointment services for SFU Instructors only are available in the Media and Maker Commons.

All SFU Libraries are currently closed to in-person use due to the COVID-19 virus.

We continue to offer online and virtual support where possible.

 

The Media and Maker Commons has five Ultimaker 3 (Links to an external site.) printers. These 3D printers use fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology.

3d printers

Training 

Before using the 3D printers available at the Media and Maker Commons, you will need to complete two levels of training: online (via Canvas) and in-person.

Online training in Canvas

The online training covers:

  • orientation to the Media and Maker Commons
  • safety guidelines that you need to follow
  • basic operation principles of 3D printing.

Hands-on training with Media and Maker Commons staff

After you finished the online training, book a training slot (appointment) on the Canvas site. In this training, you will learn the minimum skills required to operate the Ultimaker 3 printers. If you are not already familiar with 3D printing, you will learn the basic principles needed to create a 3D model.

Please note, All SFU Libraries are currently closed to in-person use due to the COVID-19 virus.  This includes the Media and Maker Commons.  We continue to offer online and virtual support where possible.

3D printing equipment and materials 

The Media and Maker Commons have five Ultimaker 3 printers available. These printers are based on fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and use a PLA filament as printing material.

PLA is a fully biodegradable thermoplastic polymer. PLA plastic or polylactic acid is a vegetable-based plastic material, which commonly uses cornstarch as a raw material. PLA is an easy-to-print material, ideal for prototyping 3D models with pleasing aesthetics. It has good surface quality, is somewhat glossy, and prints details with a high resolution.

Booking and using the 3D printers

After you finish the hands-on training YOU ARE READY TO WORK! Just book a printing slot on Canvas and bring your design to the Media and Maker Commons.

When you come to the Media and Maker Commons wait for our staff to set you up.  They will check your design, give you advice if needed and check that your printer is ready to work.

From Mondays to Fridays, each printer has one printing slot available in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning slot goes from 10:00 - 15:30 (5.5 hours of printing time) and the afternoon slot goes from 15:30 - 10:00 on the following day (18.5 hours of printing time).

If you need additional printing time you can book up to three printing slots consecutively.

Examples

Below, you can find some more information on 3D printing and the printers that we offer in the MMC.

Ultimaker 3 Features

Ultimaker 3 Gyro Timelapse

3D printing for medical training

3D printing and jewelry

3D printing and architecture