UW Tacoma Library 3D Print Blog

April 25, 2018

A cold wind

We have been busy this quarter! I was invited to John Finke’s TBIOMD 410 seminar class to speak to them about 3D printing. I did my usual introduction to modeling using Tinkercad and showed them the open source model community, Thingiverse. I also created a LibGuide for 3D printing where I can share some great…


March 7, 2018

For superior adhesion – try double-sided tape!

The most common problem with printing in PLA is getting the first layer to stick. If the first layer doesn’t stick – or only partially sticks – the object can’t print properly. I’ve had some jobs that I ran overnight just turn into a ball of filament stuck to the nozzle. Coming in to work…


March 6, 2018

Cookie Cutter Printing

It turns out that there are in fact cookie cutter answers to some questions. The other day I got an email from a faculty member who said she was leaving for the Netherlands and she asked me if I could print her a cookie cutter of Washington State. At first, this didn’t seem too difficult…


May 26, 2017

A busy week printing for TESC 410

This week the Library printed six different objects for John Finke’s Environmental Senior Seminar TESC 410. The week kicked off with a class meeting here in the Library where I led a discussion on 3D printing. We spoke briefly about additive printing and how best to design a model that will be successful in the…


May 1, 2017

3D printing the fastest shim in Tacoma

One of the most powerful applications of a 3D printer is the ability to print custom parts. As long as the part isn’t too large, too complicated, and won’t be exposed to heat we can probably print it. in this example, the Library helped UW Tacoma student Mark Garnica print a shim for his Mustang…


March 29, 2012

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