3D Printer Certification

Readers,

Exciting day today, we are heading downtown for a 3D printer certification course!

This 3D printer certification course is offered by the Digital Innovation Hubs at the Toronto Reference Library. After a month long wait list, it is our turn to get trained! As an additional note, you will need this certification course in order to use the 3D printing facility at the Digital Innovation Hubs.

We arrived Toronto Reference Library half an hour earlier, having a chance to mingle with classmates is a good start. Since this is a beginner/introduction course, we expect most of us will be newbies but not quite so. While waiting to enter the training room, a few of us already started some discussions on plastic material selection, product hardness and workability of the model. Wow, this is intense.

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Toronto Reference Library uses Makebot Replicator 2 3D printer, a demo unit was placed in the front of the class. At the beginning, we were first briefed on safety and printer usage policy and then moved on to discuss some into 3D printing concept. Instructor brought over some printed samples for us to examine and pass along. Some of us, this may be the first time touching a 3D printed object, freaky!

Overall Topics discussed:

  • Safety and Usage Policy
  • 3D Printer Specifications & Operations
  • Filament (Toronto Reference Library uses PLA)
  • MakeBot Makerware Desktop software
  • Model preparation and scaling
  • Pricing

While admiring the printing resolution produced by these printers, we learned 100~300 micron is among stand and basic personal user 3D printer

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The introduction class lasted about an hour with 15 minutes dedicated to a sample 3D printing demonstration, students walked to the front to get close and watch the printing process. While 3D printing is not really as exciting to watch but the for sure the end result is rewarding.

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* A 3D printing of a luggage tag in green PLA with a Canadian Maple Leaf.

Now that we are certified for 3D printing, you are going to see us more hanging out here after work. End of class, wandering at library and check out what we found!

Amateur Radio study guide

Enjoy and Cheers

Team BTF

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