University of Exeter 3D Printing

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University of Exeter 3D Printing

University of Exeter 3D Printing, College 3D Printing Services

Between the 1 Feb and 31 April 2012, the College is offering a free of charge three dimensional printing service for any student who would like to build a 3D prototype or object (within a size range of 100mm x 100mm x 100mm). This could be for a project, personal hobby or a personalised item or gift. The 3D prototype and object will be produced by a portable 3D printer located in Room 117 of the Harrison Building.
There are various ways to create 3D models – CAD software such as solidworks, simple 3D model tools such as Google Sketchup or software shared by other websites e.g. Thingiverse. 3D models should be transferred as stl files – a standard file for 3D printing, something that we can provide assistance with.

The Creative Lab is offering workshops for students on themes of broad 3D design, production and entrepreneurial skills. Workshops will take place on specific dates in the near future (tbc).  Because of this, resources might be limited and places will be on a first come, first served basis. To book, please contact Stephen Mellor, Chunze Yan or Liang Hao.  Feedback from students who trial the 3D printing will be used to further develop the Creative Lab.

We are also looking for student volunteers, who are interested in becoming either a Lab Assistant or a Student Entrepreneur, to become involved and support our Creative Lab activities.

To find out more about 3D printing, please see the 3D printing video and the Personal Portable 3D Printer website.

To see more ideas about how 3D printing can produce a personalised or commercial consumer products, please visit the following websites:

  • Shapeways
  • Cubify
  • Sculpteo

The 3D portable printer can also be lent to academic staff who would like to use it for teaching or public engagement activities.

For further information, please email