From the drawing entered by our patrons during the 2019 Ice Cream Social, we selected one lucky winner who took home the grand prize: the Studio 300 3D printed replica of the Saturn V rocket used to take us to the moon. Congratulations to Andersson.
On July 20, 1969 (nearly 50 years ago!) Neal Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. The most powerful rocket ever made, the Saturn 5, made the journey possible.
Using Studio 300’s CR-10 large format 3D printer, we printed a 60″ model of the infamous Saturn 5 rocket. The machine printed the model in five stages, and these join together to form the complete model. The final 3D printing time topped 200 hours! These pictures recap key moments in the long process.
Studio 300 3D printed a Saturn 5 rocket model in five stages.
The next steps will include painting, detailing, and final assembly. Watch this blog for updates as the process continues. Meanwhile, to see this amazing model in person, stop by Studio 300.
The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Hic Top CR-10 3D Printer available for your 3D project. The CR-10 can print big models, the max printing size is 300x300x400mm/11x11x15 inches. Studio 300 has many PLA colors available @ .10 / gram. Here are the details:
Printing Size： 300*300*400mm
Layer thickness: 0.05-0.4mm (adjustable)
Nozzle temp: 250 degree C
Extruder temperature: PLA: 210 C
Hot bed temperature: PLA: 60 C
Printing Speed：Normal: 80mm/s, Max.: 200mm/s
Stop by and check it out. Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.
On Saturday, March 11, Fountaindale hosted our first Maker Faire. The event had huge support from our community and featured a bevy of activities including Spaghetti Bridge Building. Check out the highlight video below. And head to our Flickr page for even more pictures.
A 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.”
“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.
Have specialty printing needs? Studio 300 can help.
We lowered our printing prices and added new capabilities. You can print on sizes larger than the typical 8 ½ by 11 paper and even print on glossy photo paper and cardstock. Our poster printer can handle very large sizes – 36” x 48” and beyond. Also, you can now print on canvas which is ideal for portraits and art prints.
Our 3D printer has many color options including two new choices: a flexible red and metallic copper that you must see to believe.
The 3D printer in Studio 300 has seen a lot of action in the past 2 1/2 years.
MakerBot 3D Printer
We have printed some pretty cool stuff for our patrons. Occasionally, a patron asks for something unique and the results can be amazing. That’s the case with this guitar stand pictured..
Designed completely from scratch, we printed 3 pieces at an 80% fill (almost solid plastic) and our patron then painted the finished items black. When combined with several other pieces, the stand is complete.
Completed Guitar Stand
Printing useful objects is what 3D printing is all about. The Studio 300 3D printer offers almost endless possibilities in the 3D world. If you’re new to 3D printing, check out the Makerbot or stop by Studio 300 for a first hand look at this exciting technology!
Studio 300 recently added several new filaments for use with our 3D printer.
The new colors are Blue Glow (it glows in the dark!), Red, Orange, Magenta, Gold and Green. You can create your own 3D models using the free program Sketchup. Or use a pre-existing design by visiting thingiverse.com.
3D models cost 10 cents per gram after it is printed and weighed.
Join us on Wednesday, February 4th for Digital Learning Day in Studio 300. Gain new skills or enhance those skills you already have. We are hosting several classes during that day. Click the links below for more information and to register. You can also call (630) 685-4260 to register. (Spaces are limited and classes do fill).