3-D Printing Resources
What is 3-D printing? 3-D printing uses a printer to create three dimensional objects. (Information Source: Kids, Code, and Computer Science)
- Objects are created by adding or depositing layers of material, not subtracting or cutting out pieces from a block of material.
- Objects are created by adding layers, the computer file with details about your model must be converted into slices the printer will create layer by layer.
- A 3D printer takes material, usually plastic wrapped on a spool, heats the material, and then fuses the material layer by layer to build a three-dimensional object. The material is extruded, or pushed out and deposited.
A great example of this is GB3D Type Fossils (http://www.3d-fossils.ac.uk/), a free collection of fossils from British museums that anyone can download and print.