Here are some websites to find a model already created for 3D printing/viewing. Note that you need to have an .stl format file to print.
Need to repair a model to make it printable? Here are some great resources for fixing surface orientations, fill holes, and other adjustments before printing.
CAD: is the use of computers (or workstations) to aid in the creation, modification, analysis or optimization of a design.
Build Plate: The surface on which models are printed
Extruder: is the part of the 3D printer that ejects material in a semi-liquid form in order to deposit it in successive layers within the 3D printing volume.
Filament – the wire-shaped build material (usually plastic) that is melted to make the object
Infill – the value (in a percentage) of how solid the object will be - with our software, the standard resolution is 10% and high resolution is 15%
PLA – polylactic acid – the type of plastic (usually made from sugar cane or corn starch) we use to build 3D models
Raft – disposable base of a print job, the object is built on top of it (a raft is required of all jobs in the libraries)
Resolution – the layer of thickness and fine detail of the object. High resolution (0.1mm) uses more material than standard (0.2mm) or low (0.3mm) resolution.
Shells – the outlines printed on each layer of the object
Solidworks – a software for Computer-Aided Design. Engineers' choice.
Spaghetti – our slang term for stringy filament that results from a failed print
STL file – file format used by most 3D printers. short for "stereolithograph"
Supports – disposable parts of a print job that are used to support sloping or overhanging parts
Thingiverse – one website where 3D models are loaded and shared
TinkerCAD – a free, online 3D modeling resource. easy to learn and use.