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The Ultimaker 3D printer can be found in the Weathertech Innovation Lab on the first floor of the Rebecca Crown Library. It is an FFF printer (Fused Filament Fabrication), which works by extruding hot molten plastic through a nozzle to build objects one thin layer at a time. This printer is fast and easy to use, which makes it ideal for making prototypes and basic proof-of-concept models. Standard materials for this printer are PLA (polylactic acid) and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic, both of which will create strong, durable prints. Our printer works in tandem with a slicing program called Ultimaker Cura which will prepare your 3D model to be printed (see next tab on this page).
Ultimaker Cura is a slicing program that prepares your 3D model to be printed by an Ultimaker Printer. The program divides, or "slices." the 3D model into thin layers and it sets the path that the machine's nozzle will follow as it lays down each layer. Cura can also generate a support structure for parts of the model that overhang. The support structure is easily removable by hand or with tools after printing is complete.