National 3D Printing Day

assembledA few weeks ago the Studio 300 Makerbot 3D printer was busy with a large patron project – printing the segments to the Key to Time from the original Doctor Who series, starring the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker. There were six pieces in all.

“I was very happy with how these 3D prints turned out,” our patron told us later. “But give proper credit for the designs, done by a person who goes by ‘Dalex.'”

Here’s the process that resulted in the finished model: “I converted the SketchUp models to STL and brought them to the Studio.  There we scaled the model down to about 83% so it would fit onto the print bed.  100% scale was right on the edge of the print bed so scaling was a good idea.”segments

“Next, I created a quick stand out of card board so that the pieces would stay together for display.  There’s some slight warping to some of the points of the segments.  I’ll either file it down or try to bend it back a bit with a heat gun.  It’s very slight but just enough to create small little gaps.  Eventually I’ll print a 3D version of the stand to go along with the Key, but I have to model it first!”

Join us for National 3D Print Day on December 3 in Studio 300 and learn more about this exciting technology.
3D Day