3D Printing

3D Printing Policy
Our 3D printing policy as of October 2016 is to have printing demonstrations only. Every MakerSpace will feature a print that users are welcome to watch. We are working on our policy currently, so check back in the future for any changes. Feel free to contact us at 703-784-4348 with any questions or concerns.

What is a 3D printer? How does it work? 
A 3D printer creates physical objects using a blueprint created on specific software. Our printers are called Dremel Idea Builders, and this is how they work: a small metal extruder melts down plastic (called filament) and moves it in a certain pattern so that it can build an object layer by layer. Depending on how you design your object blueprint, it can be hollow or filled; small or large; simple or very detailed. Other printers can print with more than one color and even use different types of filament (even edible chocolate filament!).

3D printing has been around since the 1980’s, but now personal 3D printers for your home or MakerSpace are becoming the norm versus commercial and industrial 3D printers.

Here’s a great video explaining modern 3D printing.

3D printing has also been used in the medical field to create prosthetics.

3D printing is an incredible, open-ended tool which welcomes creative minds to explore and invent!