A Friendly Reminder

As we enter our busy season towards the end of the semester, please note that due to the small scale of our service, we cannot guarantee deadlines.  If you have a project due in two days, we’ll try to accommodate you, but we make no promises. […]

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Designing Moving Parts

A little while ago, a student contacted me for help with designing things with moving parts such as hinges.  I thought I’d put some of the links in my reply here, for some light Thanksgiving reading: == Designing 3D printed pin hinges, no assembly required:  This person unfortunately doesn’t seem to mention the type of […]

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Back to School!

Welcome back, students!  We had a rather quiet summer in the library but we’re going to hit the ground running in the Fall semester.  Subscribe to our newsletter and stay informed of all the cool stuff we’ll be offering this year. In the meantime, you may have noticed the Makerbot has been inactive lately.  We’re […]

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Safety Concerns

A concerned citizen pointed us to this 2013 ZDnet post in which the potential dangers of 3D printing are highlighted. The ZDnet post mostly cites a Phys.org post which cites the original article by Stephens et al. (2013), and as is usually the case with most scientific reporting these days, a lot of nuance gets […]

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3D printers and safety

tl;dr:  maybe you should avoid having a 3D printer in your dorm room firing off ABS models. Azimi, P., Zhao, D., Pouzet, C., Crain, N. E., and Stephens, B. (2016).  Emissions of ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds from commercially available desktop three-dimensional printers with multiple filaments.  Environ Sci Technol, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04983. Previous research has […]

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Hello world!

Welcome to the new homepage of the Digital Science Center’s 3D printing service.  The old page functioned as a repository of submitted designs, but it was largely a faceless entity; we hope to make this new version of it a bit more lively. If you’re reading this particular post after clicking on the ‘Tips and […]

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