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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 the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional model, created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created.  It is also known as additive manufacturing because it doesn't remove material, it adds it, layer after layer. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.  In the 1980s, 3D printing started as "rapid prototyping" but today 3D printers can be used to create anything you can imagine.

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

3D Printing Industry News

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Hamilton, ON, Canada L9C 0E5

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