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3D Modeling and Printing

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

Online Resources

There are numerous resources in 3D printing, design, and services available online to utilize:

  • Temple University provides subscriptions to unlimited tutorials for all university members. There are multiple courses on different software used to 3D model and 3D print.
  • gives reviews of products, guides on their use, and other resources of the 3D printing community.
  • Make: Magazine is often credited as starting the "Maker Movement".  On their site, they have loads of resources from other makers, events and  happenings, and the projects being created available.
  • Shapeways is a 3D printing marketplace and for-profit 3D printing service. They offer a number of tutorials in both 3D printing and design on their website, as well as the opportunity to print and sell your designs in a wide variety of materials. 
  • : Formlabs is a 3D printing technology developer and manufacturer. They develop and manufacture 3D printers and related software and consumables.
  • 3D Printing Glossary : A list of common terms associated with 3D printing.

Free Software

Modeling software is available for almost all projects, skill-levels, and price points. When selecting your software, you want to consider the features and workflow best suited for your project. If you intend to 3D print your design, you want to ensure you select software that can produce water tight meshes in a .stl or .obj file format. After modeling, additional software is used to generate supports and slice the model for 3D printing. 


3D Printing Preparation


Printing Services:

  • i.materialise is a 3D printing marketplace located in Europe that allows designers to upload their models. Customers can then purchase finished prints in a variety of materials. 

  • Shapeways is a 3D printing marketplace located in New York that allows designers to upload their models. Customers can then purchase finished prints in a variety of materials.  

  • 3D Hubs is a service that connects a user with local manufacturers.  Customers upload a design and work closely with the manufacturer until finished. Offers a large assortment of 3D prints as well as injection molding and CNC work.