3D Printer - MakerBot First Timer's Guide

First Timer’s Guide – Makerbot

What is it?

The Makerbot Replicator is a 3D printing machine that can turn a 3D digital design into a physical object. It does this by laying down thin layers of material layer by layer until the full design is rendered.

What can I do?

The possibilities are virtually endless with the Makerbot. Patrons have created necklaces, favorite movie characters, pencil holders, hair accessories, tiny dragons, and more. If you can build it on the computer—or find the file on the internet—the Makerbot can print it. If you would like to build your own model, tinkercad.com is an excellent website, especially for beginners as it has great tutorials. If you don’t want to build your own design, thingiverse.com is the best website to find ideas or models. From thingiverse, you can download build files that are print-ready or tweak them in a program like tinkercad.

What do I need?

  1. An .stl or .obj file.
  2. Please submit it through our 3D print queue form.

What materials can I use?

The Makery provides 10 different colors of filament to use on the Makerbot.

Where can I buy materials?

Materials are provided. The print is weighed at the end and costs 10¢/gram with a $1.00 minimum print cost.

See other costs for materials we provide on the FAQ page.