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3D Printing: Getting Started

This guide provides information on 3D printing services offered in the Digital Creativity Centre, along with 3D printing resources and tips.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing where a digital model is made into a solid physical object.  This is done through a process of adding thin layers of material (PLA) until the object is created.

Future Ready Skills

3D printing is an emerging technology that helps students develop future ready skills including:

  • 3D modeling
  • Creativity
  • Technology literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-directed learning

3D Printing in Education

3D printing skills can be applied to a wide variety of applications for class projects. Here are some examples of use in an academic environment:

  • Arts - incorporate 3D design into jewellery, sculptures and other mediums
  • Business - advertising, marketing, entrepreneurs - create prototypes of product designs or packaging
  • Engineering - design 3D models to help understand the design process and experience challenges
  • Forensics - create 3D replicas to be used in crime scene investigations foot prints and skeletal remains
  • Healthcare - create 3D anatomy models, prosthetics, skin and organs
  • Media - create 3D prints for film industry (props, characters and digital models)
  • Sciences - chemistry, physics, biology - create 3D visual aids such as molecular structures 
  • Trades - construction, mechanical, architectural - parts, production based on 3d Models and customized designs

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Digital Creativity Centre Staff

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Room EA105
135 Fennell Avenue West
Hamilton, ON, Canada L9C 0E5

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