We offer a number of 3D printing and related services and classes at the space.
Do you already have a model and just need it printed?
If you've already got a 3D model of the object and just want to have us print it, visit our online print estimator to check, and estimate price to print your .STL (or .OBJ) files. STLs are the standard format used for FDM printers like the ones we have at the space and almost all 3D modeling software will export STL files.
The maximum printable volume on our public printers is about 8"x8"x8". If you've got something bigger than that, let us know and we may be able to get your part on one of our large format printers or help you break your part up into smaller components.
File Type: .stl or .obj
3D printing materials: FDM (ABS or PLA) or SLA (UV Resin)
Maximum size: approximately 8"x8"x8"
Minimum feature thickness: 0.4mm
Layer heights: .2mm down to .04mm
Cost: $0.20/gram ($0.30/gram for non-members + setup) for FDM, varies for SLA. Check out our estimator and submit things to be printed there.
Do you have an existing part and need a copy or a new one?
The most common call we get about 3D printing starts off with "I have this broken part and I just need you to print a new one." Unfortunately 3D printers are not (yet) copy machines. In order to print another copy of your part, either you or one of our draft persons will need to create a 3D model of your part using computer software. Some things might be compatible with 3D scanning, but many are not. We do not recommend scanning parts that are mechanical in nature, because scaling and other errors may be introduced. 3D scanning works best with small, opaque, single color solid objects of an artistic nature. 3D drafting services are often more expensive than the printing, so we encourage you to try your hand at drawing your part to save you expense as being able to design and create your own custom items is the most exciting aspect of 3D printing.
If you are new to 3D design, we recommend TINKERCAD which is a free and easy to use 3D Modeling package that runs in your web browser.
Do you want to learn how to use a 3D printer?
Become a member and we can give you a basic introduction to the FDM 3D printers we have at the space and how to print models on them. If you'd like a more in depth discussion of printers and their inner workings as well as a basic introduction to making your own models, we recommend taking our introductory 3D printing class (check out the calendar for the next available session).
Do you want to learn how to make your own models for 3D printing?
We offer a number of 3D printing classes. If you're new to modeling and 3D printing in general, we recommend taking our introductory 3D printing class, "3D Printing: How to draw objects for 3D printing", which is generally held twice a month. We also periodically have classes on specific 3D modeling software and techniques. Check out the calendar for the next available sessions.
Do you need someone to make a model for 3D printing for you?
We can handle basic drafting and scanning tasks and our staff offers professional drafting services. Let us know what you need modeled using the Hammerspace Forge Job System and we'll put you in touch with someone who can draft your designs for you.
Do you need help fixing your 3D printer?
We have some common 3D printer parts in stock in our Hammerspace store. We also host a bi-monthly robot hospital class were local 3D printer experts can help you get your printer back in functioning order. Check out the calendar for the next available session.