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3D Printing: Resources

Learn to 3D Print

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has an excellent course on 3d printing with a Makerbot. The GW community has access to LinkedIn Learning through a campus wide subscription. More details on LinkedIn Learning are available from GW Information Technology.

Software

Thingiverse

Thingiverse is a website operated by MakerBot Industries. 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

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.

GrabCAD

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.

Other local 3D printing projects

Smithsonian X3D

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

Smithsonian 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.

Fab Lab at DC Public Library
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

901 G Street NW
Washington, DC
202-727-0321

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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