Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

UF Libraries 3D Lab: DIY 3D Printing

Find a 3D Model

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.

 

3D Modeling Software -- Make your own

We recommend these softwares for creating 3D models intended for printing. Most are completely free while some require you to create a free account. Export your final model as a .STL in Binary format before submitting!
 

3D Model Repair Software - Check before submitting!

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. 

Helpful 3D Prototyping Terms

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.

Scanning

Tutorials & Tips

University of Florida Home Page

This page uses Google Analytics - (Google Privacy Policy)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.