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3D Printing

What is 3D printing?
3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing, where a model file is "sliced" into thin layers and printed in (plastic) one layer at a time.

What 3D printers does the Cube have?
The cube has the Lulzbot TAZ-6 Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Peopoly Moai SLA printers.

How large can I print?
The TAZ-6 has a maximum build volume of 298 X 275 X 250mm (LWH).

What types of filament are available?
The TAZ-6 is capable of printing almost any thermoplastic filament up to 300C. Typically we print in PETG, ABS, PLA, and HIPS.

What types of file format is supported by the 3D printer?
Please prepare your file in either .STL or .OBJ format. Other formats will require conversion to .STL or .OBJ and software for converting may or may not be available in the Cube.

How much does it cost to print?
FDM prints are charged as the combination of print time and material used at a rate of $1.00/hr and $0.10/g  (ie. a 6hr print that uses 150g of filament would be charged $21.00).

How can I pay for printing?
The cube accept payments in cash or debit/credit cards. Cheques are not accepted.

Who can 3D print?
3D printing at the Cube is available to the public during the Cube's regular operating hours.

Can 3D printing be used in the classroom?
Pacific faculty have integrated 3D printing into their classrooms. Click here to see a list of classes that have leveraged 3D printing.

What am I allowed to 3D print?
Please review the Policy page for the Cube.

3D Scanning

What is 3D Scanning?
3D scanning is a method by which a physical object is captured as a cloud of spatially defined points, which can be interpreted as a triangulated surface mesh for digital modeling and manipulation.

How big can a 3D scan be?
3D models of large-scale objects can be created via photogrammetry if photos can be taken from multiple angles. Precision and detail of the 3D scan might suffer with this method.

The Ciclop scanner can achieve millimeter accuracy, but object size is limited to 5 cubic inches.

Which 3D scanners does the Cube offer?
The Cube offers 2 different techniques for creating 3D scans including a small format Ciclop laser scanner and photogrammetry with Autodesk Remake.

What kind of objects can be scanned?
Objects which have internal volumes or areas obscured from view will not have those aspects captured. Also, objects that are highly reflective or transparent don't scan well.

What types of files are created from 3D scanning?
Depending on which 3D scanning method you start with, you will either generate a pointcloud or mesh fil, either of which can be manipulated and converted for editing in software available in the Cube.

How much does it cost to make a 3D scan?
The Cube is offering the use of 3D scanners, software and our expertise free to students, faculty, and staff.

What can I do with a 3D scan?
Most people use 3D scans either to make a direct copy of an existing object (3D print) or to use as a model in the creation of an object intended to work with it.

What kind of projects at Pacific use the 3D scanner?
The scanner has been used to scan photogrammetry of buildings using a Drone. Historical artifacts have been scanned.

Is the scanner available to the public?
Yes.

What am I allowed to scan?
Please review the Policy page for the Cube.