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3D Printing

Print Your Model

3D printing will play a critical role in the design and manufacturing process of the future. A powerful prototyping tool, 3D printers allow you to physically hold a digital model within hours – allowing you to make changes on the fly and refine your product throughout the design process. If you aren’t a designer, 3D printers can still prove incredibly useful. Mounts, adapters, and more can be in your hands in no time, at a fraction of the cost.

We have a few 3D printers in the store that we have made available for customer use. Our printers use Fused Deposition Modeling, wherein a model is run through a program which breaks it down into slices of a set thickness. This new file is then fed to the printer, which adds plastic, layer-by-layer, until the model is fully built. We use PLA, a biodegradable corn-based plastic, for all of our in-store prints, as well as customer orders. If you have a model you’d like printed, we are happy to help. Check out the video below to see our Makerbot printer in action!

New! Stereolithography (SLA) resin printing is now available

A newer printing technique, SLA pulls solid objects from a liquid resin bath, curing each layer of the object with UV light until the model is fully constructed. This allows for much finer detail than FDM printers and for much more intricate prints. This is especially useful for figurines and board game pieces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, we do not offer 3D modeling as a service. However, we have found that Tinkercad is a wonderful application for getting started with modeling. As a shapes-based modeling service, it’s intuitive, web-based, and best of all, free! They offer a series of tutorials that will teach you how to use the tool to get you modeling in no time.
It’s easy to submit a design that’s ready to go. Send us an email at [email protected] with the model attached (or a link if you’ve found it online) and we’ll look it over. We will look over the model and respond with a quote for 3D printing, and ask any questions, such as color, infill, or layer resolution. When all parties are satisfied, we will give an estimate on when it will be complete and with your approval, we’ll get started on the print.
At this time, we do not offer shipping on custom 3D printed items.

For any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at (303) 492-3431 or email at [email protected]