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MakerBot 2

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Today I finally brought some of my SketchUp models over to the lab and did some 3D printing. The lab just got a MakerBot 2 that works wonders. It took a fair number of hours to learn the ropes, the limits of the machine, how the models would have to be oriented, how and where to properly segment, and even how to get them off the plastic bed they’re printed on. They really stick hard to that thing! We used PLA plastic, the biodegradable stuff. The medium quality prints took about 15 minutes. The high quality took an average of 1hr. I’m really happy with the process and results. What do you think?

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MakerBot 2

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A gavel modeled in SketchUp. The files needed to be converted to .stl

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A model imported into MakerWare, the software the printer uses for setup.

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The base being built up. On high quality.

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Handle being built up.

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I was curious about the coming overhang, but it bridged really well.

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The finished product.

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The difference between medium quality (front) and high quality (back) prints.

 These objects are modeled on artifacts from our coming London Works: Labouring in the Forest City, an exhibit for Museum London. The prints will be used for the museum’s educational programming, specifically its school tours.

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