3D Printing

Churchlands SHS STEM Club has it's own 3D Printers for use by STEM Club Members! Our primary printer is a Flashforge Dreamer.

3D Printing Software

To use our printer, you'll need the following free software installed on your computer:

FlashPrint - This is the software you will use to finalise, position and slice your 3D model for our printer

Other free software you should have

Fusion 360 - This is for when you want to make your own models

Blender - This is great for the advanced 3D artists

Mineways - This converts Minecraft worlds into 3D models for printing!

Becoming a 3D Printing Master

To obtain 3D Printing Mastery, you must first complete the following 3 Beginner Quests:

Quest 1: Learn about 3D Printing

This ensures that you know why 3D Printers are so awesome, where they come from, and where they are headed in the future. You can get a copy of this worksheet from the teachers at STEM Club. You need to submit the completed worksheet with correct answers before moving on to Quest 2. It doesn't take very long, but is very important.

Quest 2: Download and Print your first 3D Model

Head on over to thingiverse.com or your other favourite place to download 3D Models. Download some models and learn how to import them into the software. Use the preview function to determine what settings will allow your model to be printed within 60 minutes. Once you think everything is ready to go, take your model to a STEM Club teacher to review. Finally, you can set up the printer and watch your model being printed!

Quest 3: Design, draw and print your own 3D design

Time for you to create your own 3D design. You can use whatever software you like, and create whatever you wish. You could create something like your name on a badge (see below), a personalised desk toy or Christmas ornament, or even your own 3D drawing made in Blender! You could also design your print using Minecraft! Your print should take less than 1 hour to print like the example below. Especially amazing designs may be given more printer time!

If you haven't already, download the free Fusion 360 software to start your designs (see the top of the page). However, if you wish to use something else, you certainly can.

Now it's up to you!

Once you've become a 3D Printing Master, you are able to use the STEM Printers for your STEM-related project. Just see the teacher to get started. Many students find using YouTube tutorials to be an excellent way to learn by yourself!