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3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab: Software & Designs

Everything you need to know about the Gerstein Science Information Centre's 3D printers in the MADLab

Intro to 3D Design for 3D Printing!

Want to learn how to design your own 3D objects? Register for the next Intro to 3D Design for 3D Printing workshop! Check our workshop page here. Gain familiarity with 3D modelling software and basic techniques of 3D design by following along with our demonstration and then trying assisted practice exercises. During the workshop you will have a chance to try out all the tools you need to create complex, precise 3D models using the free 3D modelling program 123D Design. Along the way we will discuss how virtual 3D models translate to 3D printed objects, and how to avoid basic design pitfalls that make it difficult to print your design.

MakerBot Print (new version of MakerBot Desktop)

Free desktop application that allows you to prepare, manage, and monitor 3D prints. Get it here.

Supports the following file types for Mac and Windows:

  • Mac: STL (.stl)
  • Windows: STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object(.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .prt., .asm, .asm.), VRML(.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)


Designs that Work

The Makerbot Replicator 2 ships with various easy-to-print, successful designs pre-loaded on an SD card. If you are brand new to 3D printing and just want to print something quick and easy, these designs might be what you want to start with. From chain links, to a stretchy bracelet, to a nut-and-bolt and mr. jaws, these designs do a great job of demonstrating the potential of 3D printing, while taking less than an hour (most are under 30 minutes) to complete! 

Check out 3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab's smart collection of easy first-time prints on Thingiverse for more inspiration!

Download a Pre-Existing 3D Design!

It's like a thing. 3D designers and printers like to share their work. Check out the links below and search for or browse for a design that suits your fancy. 
If you're a beginner, we recommend going with designs that have a picture of the finished product. That way, you might be able to tell if it'll work!

Other 3D Printing Software

Free 3D Modelling Software

Adobe Creative Cloud

The MADLab has two workstations with Adobe Creative Cloud! 

Adobe CC includes Photoshop 3D (including 3D printing functionality), Illustrator and more.

Contact to book time on the Adobe workstations (no charge).

Find out more about Photoshop and 3D printing here.