Digital Scholarship at UCSC
Getting Started at the DSI
Are you interested in 3D printing but not sure where to start? Come by our space and learn about what's there, take a look at some of our sample prints, and see how the printers work. Our printers use fused deposition modeling (FDM), which works by laying down layers of plastic filament as thin as .04mm. These layers build up in shape to create a full 3D model. We aim to create a space that is welcoming to anyone at any point in the learning process. To aid in this, we have some educational posters and prints in the space that our student workers can talk you through if you want to learn more about the process.
If you're ready to learn how to use the printers, the training process is a 3 step process:
We look forward to seeing you!
This quarter, the DSI is piloting a 3D print on demand project geared towards supporting academic study. We recognize that not everyone will be interested in learning how to 3D print. While we don't want to become a print shop, we do want to support students who are looking to enhance their study habits.
To this end, we are accepting requests for 3D prints related to academic needs. These prints will become part of our DSI collection. Once printed, they can be checked out from the DSC using library reserves rules for a 4 hour checkout period. These prints must stay within S&E and cannot be checked out overnight.
3D models can be found in many places online for printing. We recommend finding models in places that are intended for 3D printing, as those will be designed so that they are printable. Some recommendations to find existing 3D models are: Thingiverse, Cults 3D, Pinshape, My Mini Factory, and SketchFab. When using a 3D model for printing, it is important to review the copyright information that comes along with the model.
If you can't find just the model you're looking for, you can create it yourself! We recommend TinkerCad for beginner 3D modelers. The program is a free online tool hosted by AutoDesk. They also have a series of learning tutorials that bring you from the basics of 3D modeling into specific projects.
For more robust 3D modeling programs, we have the following 3D programs installed in the Digital Scholarship Commons lab on the ground floor of McHenry Library: Maya, AutoCAD, Mudbox, SketchUp Pro, and Blender.
When modeling for 3D printing, the following design considerations should be followed: