August 26, 2016

We got a 3D printer!

We got a 3D printer! Stop by the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library to learn how to use it...we **may** have already printed some awesomely geeky stuff, like a Star Trek communicator badge and a Cthulhu pencilcup...
Cthulhu pencil cup
Here it is: an Ultimaker 2. It will print objects up to 8 inches square cubed. Depending on size and the amount of detail, print jobs take from 30 minutes to a couple of days.
Ultimaker 2
So far we have 9 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, silver, gold, and black. The filament looks kind of like weed-whacker string, and the printer works like a glue gun.  A very expensive, precise glue gun.  It melts the filament and the print nozzle moves back and forth to lay down thin lines (really thin, we're talking half a millimeter) and build your object one layer at a time.
Ultimaker 2 with sample prints
It's easy to set up a print job. You can either download a ready-made design from free sites like Thingiverse, or create your own in TinkerCAD or any other 3D design program. Stop by our class! It's September 15 at 5:30 at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County LibraryWe like TinkerCAD because it's free and easy to learn.