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.
The NExT Lab hosts the following 3D printing options.
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: