3D Printing Classes
(Public classes now being offered: next date, September 30)
The CIF recently got the IC3D RepRap, a ABS spool-fed desktop 3D printer which prints up to a 8 X 8 X 6-inch pieces from .stl file formats. Unlike the ProJet the CIF previously used, the cost and flexibility of using different colors filament is much more accessible to the DIY enthusiast.
This class will cover the basics of 3D printing on the IC3D RepRap
using existing STL files. Topics include how to:
o Turn on and pre-heat the printer
o Get STLs onto the attached PC
o Use Repetier-host and Slic3r to import and manipulate models
o Estimate print costs
o Initiate and monitor a print
o Identify common problems and resolutions
o Safely clean up the 3D printer area
All students taking the class will receive a small printed part to
take home. CIF members will be eligible to rent the printer for their
3D Printing User Group MeetUps, CORMUG: Join us for bots and banter!
Fall 2013: September 11, October 9, November 13
If you’re excited about 3D printing technology, then this is the place to be! Whether you’re interested in rapid prototyping and micro-manufacturing, or just like to tinker, we invite you to come, watch, print, and learn with us.
The Central Ohio RepRap and Makerbot Operators User Group (CORMUG) has been active since 2009. We have a wide variety of DIY 3D printers: from Makerbot Industries Cupcake CNC printers, to MendelMax variants of the RepRap Mendel, to the occasional Thing-O-Matic and Replicator 1. Our members are also experienced with the nuts-and-bolts of 3D printing, and they’re happy to share advice on everything from how to close up the mesh on your CAD files, to best practices regarding heated build surfaces. We mostly work with ABS and PLA printing materials, but we’ve got some PVA (poly vinyl alcohol, a water-soluble support material) although nobody’s run it through their printers yet!
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting at 7pm.
For updates visit the CORMUG Forum.
Highlights from Past Meetups:
- We were the Best Attended Make Magazine International 3D Printing Meetup! (11/2012)
- William Steele showcased his kickstarter-funded Ultra-Bot 3D printer (10/2012)
- Rick Pollack previewed the new MakerGear Mosaic 3D printer (6/2011)
About the Instructor
Ethan Dicks is a long-time Columbus IT professional with a background in embedded and systems development as well as UNIX/Linux System Administration. Ethan teaches 3D Printing, Electronics, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi classes at The Columbus Idea Foundry.