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3D Modeling and Printing

This guide provides an introduction to 3D printing resources and procedures at Temple University.

What is 3D Modeling?

3D modeling is the process of creating a computer generated object. Three dimensional models are produced using various 3D modeling softwares. These models further can be used in a number of applications such as 3D printing, 3D graphics, movies or scientific studies.

What is 3D Printing?

Printing is an additive process of producing objects using computer generated models. There are many types of 3D printers, including FDM and SLA, and an increasing amount of affordable printers and materials. Printing materials include traditional plastics like PLA and ABS, metal and metal composites, nylon, castable resins, food, biological material, and more. 

Why 3D Print?

Different fields use 3D printing for various reasons. Using this tool for personal, educational, and research use offers a relatively accessible and cheap way to produce customizable objects and work through research problems/questions. For example, 3D printing can be used for:

  • Quick and customizable prototypes 
  • Didactic educational models and tools
  • Reconstruction of art and artifacts
  • Other DIY projects