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Maker & Media Commons

3D Objects

3D Printing, Modelling, & Scanning

Tools & Technology

Form 2 (SLA) 3D Printer
Stereolithography (SLA) is a layer based form of 3D printing that utilizes a process called photopolymerization to cure resin with light.

Prusa MK3 3D Printer (FDM)
The Prusa uses fused deposition modeling (FDM), the most widely-used type of 3D printing. A thermoplastic filament is heated to its melting point and then extruded, layer by layer, to create a three-dimensional object. This model has an upgrade which enables the 3D printer to print with up to 5 colors at the same time.

3D Miniatures

Intricate objects can be 3D printed in the Maker Studio without losing important details. Student Ryan Norris used the SLS printers to print these miniatures for a D&D game used as a therapy tool for children with learning disabilities. Although these miniatures are thumb-sized, you can still see high levels of detail in the character’s expressions and equipment.

3D Skull Replica

Student Carlee Power created a 3D printed replica of a fossilized skull in a first-year Anthropology class. After printing the 3D model, she used existing didactic classification to break this ancient hominid skull replica of australopithecus africanus into sections. She then added holes and inserted magnets to create a puzzle-like effect. The learning object was donated to MRU’s Anthropology department for use in classroom instruction.


Maker Studio

Maker Studio (EL1245)

The Library’s Maker Studio provides access to space, technologies, tools and supports to enable users to engage in collaborative hands-on tactile learning, creation and design of physical and digital projects for teaching, learning, scholarship and personal interest.