Resources

Welcome to the resources page. Below you will find useful links to locations to purchase materials as well as links to educational resources such as design software and tutorials. Our staff can help you with questions about this page.

3D Printing Filament

1.75mm PLA - Compatible with Flashforge & Orion printers:

Just PLA 1.75mm PLA - Generally costs less than $25 per 1kg roll plus shipping.

Solutech 1.75mm PLA - Generally costs less than $25 per 1kg roll and, if you are an Amazon Prime member, it ships for free.

3D Universe 1.75mm PLA - Generally costs $30 per 1kg roll plus shipping.

2.85mm PLA - Compatible with Ultimaker and Wanho printers:

Just PLA 3mm PLA - Generally costs less than $25 per 1kg roll plus shipping.

3D Universe 3mm PLA - Generally costs about $35 per 1kg roll plus shipping.

Sheet Materials

Woods, Plastics, PCB, etc.

Inventables - Great site for getting materials for the CNC machines and laser cutter. All kinds of materials from common to exotic, and sold in sizes that will fit in the machines. 

Metals

Aluminum, Steel, Brass

Metal Supermarket - Good prices with a brick and mortar store in Everett. Will give a student discount if you show you ID.

Online Metals - Online metal store that will ship your order at a reasonable price. 

Printer and 3D Modeling Software

3D Design; Tools for creating 3D printable objects:

TinkerCAD - A very basic, online & free design tool. Along the lines of a 3D sketch-pad. --> Basic, general tool with an easy learning curve.

123D Design - Middle of the road modeling software the balances complexity and ease of use. --> Solid program that is a happy medium between TinkerCAD and Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 - A fully featured, professional 3D CAD design package. Students, hobbyists and anyone using this software for non-commercial purposes can obtain a free, 3 year license. --> Powerful, general tool with a moderate learning curve, has simulation and CAM tools

OpenSCAD - A 100% free, opensource CAD design environment featuring a code-based interface. This is the development tool used to create customizable designs on Thingiverse.com. --> Powerful, task-specific tool with a steep learning curve

Blender - A free modeling and animation software that is designed for digital artists. Large amounts of documentation and tutorials are available.  --> Powerful organic shape modeling with animation tools

Print Prep Software; Tools for preparing models for printing:

Makerbot Desktop - Software for using Flashforges in the makerspace.

Wanhao Slicer - Software to use Wanhao 5S in the makerspace.

Mattercontrol - Software to use Orion Delta printer in the makerspace

Cura - Software for the Ultimaker 2 in the makerspace.

2D Design; Tools for creating laser-cut objects:

Adobe Illustrator - While not a free tool, Illustrator is intalled on UWB computers and can be accessed by students for free. --> powerful tool with a moderate learning curve

Inkscape - a 100% free, opensource, 2D design tool similar to adobe illustrator. --> powerful tool with a moderate learning curve

Coding Enviorments

Simple Coding; Enviorments designed for lighter weight coding for Arduino and similar platforms:

Arduino IDE - Designed to write and upload code to the arduino platform, this IDE is simple and easy to use for beginners. --> Built to write code for Arduino Boards

Atom - Lightweight and extremely customizable, Atom is a text editor that featues syntax highlighting, community pluggins, and themes to accomplish a whole host of tasks. --> Functional text editor that has strong community following

Complex Coding; Enviorments desinged for creating full applications:

Visual Studio - Microsofts build enviorment to create Windows applications. --> Designed by Microsoft for building windows desktop, mobile, and IoT apps

Unity - Game development enviorment that allows users of all times to make complex games for all sorts of platforms --> Loads of documentation and possible VR and AR uses