Build Your Own 3D Printer Series

Interested in building a 3D Printer? Have an idea for a new product, design, or tool you’d like to prototype? If so, consider applying for a spot in the Spring 2020 Build Your Own 3D Printer Series!

This 5 week series will allow you to take a project concept or idea and develop it into a physical prototype by utilizing a 3D printer that you will build yourself. You’ll learn the basics of 3D modeling, 3D printing preparation (slicing), and 3D printer mechanics. In addition, you’ll gain insight into iterative prototyping as you develop your own concept into a physical object. Applications will be accepted for projects that are unique, creative, and that have strong real-world application.

Although this is a non-credit, extra curricular opportunity, you will be required to attend all 5 sessions and complete a project to keep the printer afterwards.

Applications are due by Monday, February 10th, 2020!

Click here to submit an application to fill 1 of 6 seats in this series.

We will meet in Colgate’s Thought Into Action facilities (TIA) located down in the village on Utica Street, across from the bookstore. You will have access to TIA space throughout this series so that you can have access to the printers and iterate your concept as needed. After the workshop series is complete, you’ll take your 3D printer home with you, giving you the ability to make more exciting things on your own!

Not familiar with 3D printing and want to learn a little more before you consider applying? Be sure to attend our Intro to 3D Printing session on February 3rd, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in the Digital Learning and Media Center. The DLMC is located on the 5th floor of Case Library.

Week 1:

Thursday 2/20/2020, 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm

In week one, we will take an introductory look at 3D printing and its evolution. We will also begin assembling our 3D Printers.

Week 2

Thursday 2/27/2020, 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm

In week two, we will learn the basics of 3D modeling with Tinkercad. We will also finish the assembly of our 3D printers.

Week 3

Thursday 3/12/2020, 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm

In week three, we will finish any assembly of the 3D printers if needed, take a look a preparing a model for printing (slicing), launch some test prints (Benchy models). Any remaining time we have, we’ll have to work on your project ideas.

Week 4

Thursday 3/26/2020, 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm

In week four, we will take a look at your first prototype print of your object. We’ll discuss these iterative prints and provide feedback and suggestions as a group. We will finish with open lab hours to continue work on your project idea.

Week 5

Thursday 4/09/2020, 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm

In week five, our final week, we will take a look at our final 3D printed projects and have an open discussion about the process, the finalized objects, things learned, things we’d change, and what you plan to do with your printer in the future.

Click here to submit an application to fill 1 of 6 seats in this series.

Applications are due by Monday, February 10th, 2020!