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3D Modeling, Printing, and VR Exploration

The Center for Creative Technology exists to support the academic and co-curricular endeavors of our vibrant and creative community members. IC3D provides an open and collaborative learning space for the IC community to practice and engage with 3-dimensional learning strategies such as 3D Printing and virtual, mixed or augmented reality.

3D Printing in IC3D

IC3D is equipped with three types of 3D printers to bring your designs to life.

*Only Dremel brand PLA filament to be used with this printer*

Closed build area with optimized cooling and filtration system to keep out dust and avoid fumes.

Slicer: Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer

*Only Dremel brand PLA filament to be used with this printer*

Its flexible build plate makes removing printed models a snap, while its easy-to-use features, and a hassle-free set-up, can get your first print started within minutes.

Slicer: Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer

*Only PLA filament to be used with this printer unless given special permission*

Compatible Free Slicers: Flashprint5, Slic3r, Simplify3D

can i use my own filament?

Yes, we encourage frequent users of the space and equipment to purchase their own material. Please note that the Dremel 3D printers are only compatible with the Dremel brand filament and all of the 3D printers are to be used only with 1.75mm PLA filament.

where can I purchase compatible filament?

Dremel Store, Amazon

Is there a limit of materials I can use? 

The quota for free material use is roughly 50 grams of material.

Can I use other types of filament with these printers?

No. We are limiting our printers to be solely used with PLA. 

Is there a reason why you only allow PLA filament to be used?

According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, materials commonly used for 3D printing such as PLA, ABS, and nylon can be a source of potentially dangerous VOCs. ABS has been shown to result in high VOC emissions when heated at those higher temperatures, the main one being a compound called Styrene. It isn’t harmful in small portions, but breathing in a concentrated amount on a daily basis can be harmful to your body.

One study did test PLA for its emissions, and they found that it mostly emits Lactide which is known to be quite harmless. You should keep in mind that different types of PLA are created differently.