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3D Printing: Resources

Learn to 3D Print


Lynda.com has an excellent course on 3d printing with a Makerbot. The GWU community has access to Lynda.com through a campus wide subcription. More details on Lynda are available from Division of information Technology.



Thingiverse is a website operated by MakerBot Industries, the creators of Gelman's series of 3D printers. The website allows users to upload and share 3-D model files to be used on 3-D printers. The site is extremely popular and has a large community of people uploading files of varying categories, so if you’re looking for cool things to print, Thingiverse is the site to visit.

3D Design Gallery

The 3D Design Gallery is the companion library to Tinkercad; a free, easy, browser-based 3D design and modeling tool. The objects can be worked on in Tinkercad or saved for importing into other CAD software.


Pinshape is a next generation 3-D printing community & marketplace for brands, designers and makers. They’re growing really quickly, and making it easy to find and successfully print quality 3-D designs. They are hardware agnostic and have community features like ‘prints’, that allow users to upload print settings & photos of models to help you print better models.


The aim of GrabCAD is to “help engineers develop products faster”, offering tools that help them collaborate with their files. But for the average 3D printing enthusiast, the best part of the site is their large library of free files created by a community of over a million engineers. 


Yobi3D is a free 3D model search engine. The search results include generic object names and some proper nouns. Be sure to click the "3D Print" filter button to limit your results to objects that are 3D printable.

Other local 3D printing projects

Neanderthal Manual

Check out the work coming out of another lab on GW's campus in Smith 2A04.

Smithsonian X3D

Variety of 3-D object files from Smithsonian museums, including Lincoln Life Cast. 

Smithsonisan 3-D collection of fossils, artifacts, primates, and other animals.

Local 3D Printing Services

We make no guarantee or warranty as to the quality of these services. This list is provided for informational purposes only.


UPS Store Capitol Hill
611 Pennsylavania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

Fill out the online request form for a price quote. “Anything smaller than a breadbox and can be printed in a single color of plastic” is eligible for this service.

Fab Lab at DC Public Library
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library
901 G Street NW
Washington, DC

This is a do-it-yourself 3D print lab. Customers must sign a release and attend an orientation prior to using the 3D printers.

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