3D Printing at the NExT Lab
Learn and skill up in using 3D Printing workflows at the NExT Lab
3D printing is a manufacturing process that allows you to create a physical object from a digital model. This enables you to produce complex yet functional shapes cheaply and without needing a detailed understanding of manufacturing. This digital-to-physical workflow is known as digital fabrication.
There are two main methods used for digital fabrication at the MSD and within industry: Subtractive and Additive processes. Subtractive processes remove material from a solid block. An example is a CNC machine which uses a computer-guided drill to sculpt a model from a solid material. 3D Printing is an Additive process because it builds a model from material. A very small computer-controlled nozzle is used to lay down plastic layer by layer.
Today, more industries and design schools are embracing digital fabrication and 3D printing in the design process, using it for anything from design exploration, prototyping, and exhibition models, to both small and large-scale fabrication. Compared to traditional manufacturing techniques, 3D printing and digital fabrication present new and exciting potentials!
Showcasing plastic being laid down layer by layer.
3D Printing enables the fabrication of complex, intricate and detailed designs. Geometries benefit from the direct digital-to-physical workflow.
Iteration & Customisation
Take advantage of the digital fabrication workflow. Digital models can be rapidly manipulated and generated, used as quickly as they can be printed. This can also be used for mass customisation and adaptive designs.
3D printed models can be used as printed; they don't need further processing. This makes them useful as prototypes, functional products or as part of a fabrication process.
As a computer-controlled process, the same model can be accurately produced to designed tolerances - models can be hot-swapped to present an array of options.
3D printing outcomes are mostly determined before they even reach the printer; digital model-making instead of physical model-making. It requires less oversight compared model-making via hand or laser cutting as the machine is automated, making it an accessible process.
The NExT Lab hosts the following 3D printing options.
3D Print Farm
Submit your prepared files for printing.
Makerbot Replicator Family
Standard 3D Printing
High Quality 3D Printing Dissolvable Supports
BYO Experimental Materials
Hands on access to the machines and workflow.
High Quality 3D Printing Experimental Materials Experimental Workflows
Dual Material Printing Dissolvable Supports
Infinite Horizontal Printing
Once you have found the technology or workflow that is right for you, complete the necessary training or inductions through our Training LMS.
All 3D Printing begins with an understanding of 3D printing concepts:
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