The Makerspaces at William & Mary are pleased to offer 3D printers in Swem Library for use by all current students, staff, and faculty.
Using a 3D printer is a fun, engaging, and creative experience. However, 3D printers and successful prints do require a small amount of background knowledge for optimal performance.
To ensure that our printers and patrons stay happy, the Swem Makerspace require that all patrons who wish to schedule print time or check out a printer attend a short training session and agree to our common sense safety policies.
For more information, contact Ashley Gonzales.
Where do you find files to print?
Visit YouMagine.com or Thingiverse.com to search the numerous collections, objects, and open licensed project files available for download. These files can be manipulated in APEX, Cura and MakerBot Print.
Additionally, you can create your own 3D printing files using the resources listed on the Resources tab or through other software of your choosing. Just make sure that your files are configured for the correct printer and your print length is a manageable time (able to be completed during available booked time).
Prior to booking a 3D printing session, you will need to download, install and familiarize yourself with the software used to generate print files, and save your print to the appropriate external memory device.
Whether you are ready to print or need help, visit The Makerspaces at W&M website and click on the Service Desk. After you submit your project info you will be contacted by an MSE to set up a print time.