3D printing in the Fant Memorial Library Tech Lab is utilized in classroom projects, or co-curricular projects and activities. There are three Monoprice Maker Ultimate 3D printers in the lab, and we offer a variety of filament colors. 3D printing services are available by appointment!
How will this print be used?
The infill density used in 3D printing how much of the model is filled with material. The printer accomplishes this by printing To determine how much infill you need for a piece, you should consider what it's being used for.
0-20%: Non-functional parts: For pieces that are not functional or do not need to withstand force, such as a display model or presentation prototypes, 10-20% infill is sufficient. In some cases, no infill is a viable option if there are no large flat surfaces on the top of the print. If there are large flat surfaces on the top of the print, some infill is needed to support those surfaces.
20-40%: Light-use parts: For functional parts which will undergo some force, a moderate level of infill provides nearly the same strength as a solid part at a reduced cost.
40-100% Heavy-use parts: If your parts must withstand significant forces, or strength is the most important factor above cost, a higher infill percentage is the best choice. However, increasing infill percentage beyond 60% has diminishing returns on strength.
If you're ready with your file, schedule a time to use the 3D printer here!