3D Printing

Churchlands SHS STEM Club has THREE 3D Printers for use by STEM Club Members! The model printer we use is the Flashforge Dreamer and Flashforge Inventor

3D Printing Software

Building a 3D Model:

The first step to 3D printing is 3D designing! Use either of the software packages below to start your 3D Designing journey.

Tinkercad - Easy models can be made online using this wonderful resource

Fusion 360 - This is for when you want to make more complex 3D models.

IMPORTANT: FlashPrint will need an "STL" file, so make sure you export from Tinkercad or Fusion 360 as an STL.

Printing your 3D Model:


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

Bambu Labs

If you've been directed here by Dr Pusey for the Bambu Labs printer, you'll need this software:


Download the version suited for your computer.


After installing the software using the default settings. Two things MUST be done before printing:

Failure to do these things could result in a broken printer :(.

Saving to SD Card

After slicing your build, click the down arrow and select "Export sliced file"

Then, click that button!

Save the 3mf file to the SD card and note down the file name (put your name on the filename!)

Don't forget to take note of the total print time as you may need to write this down.

Flashprint Instructions for getting your 3D model ready for printing

Setup - Select the printer type "Inventor I Series" for Jimmy, Ivan or Noob. unless you plan to use Daisy. Daisy is a "Guider IIs"

Step 1 - Insert the 3d file (.STL) into Flashprint and ensure the model sits on top of the build plate (bottom is highlighted blue)

Step 2 - Click "Start Slicing". Leave everything as default (unless a teacher offered a suggestion to change it) and click  "Slice".

Step 3 - Once slicing has complete, click "Slice Preview" at the top, which will tell you how long the print will take (it usually takes longer). 

Now click "Local Save" and click "Save to Local" to place the print file (.GX) on the SD card or USB stick.