3D printing or additive manufacturing is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model. It can be done in a variety of processes in which material is deposited, joined or solidified under computer control, with material being added together (such as plastics, liquids or powder grains being fused), typically layer by layer.

Additive ManufacturingUnfold Design Studio - Ceramic 3D printing

In the 1980s, 3D printing was also called "Rapid Prototyping" as it was only considered suitable for the production of functional or aesthetic prototypes. However by 2022the precision, repeatability, and material range of 3D printing have increased to the point that some 3D printing processes are considered viable as an industrial-production technology, whereby the term "Additive Manufacturing" can be used synonymously with 3D printing.

3D printed bridgeMX3D - World's first 3D printed bridge

Additive manufacturing is a rapidly expanding field with proven applications in fashion, food, construction, robotics, medical, transportation and more still being discovered everyday.

Mechnanical sea turtle by Amao Chan

At Connected Environments we love Prusa machines. They work really well, are not ridiculously expensive and are easy to fix on your own. We will primarily work with PLA (Polylactic acid), the most common 3d printing material. It is a bioplastic and thermoplastic made from natural materials like corn starch and is recyclable.

Prusa MK3S+ single-filament printerPrusa MMU2S multi-filament printer

In the new campus you will have access to Light Fabrication Workshop where you will have access to more machines.

Ultimaker S5Prusa XL 2

3D printed bridgePrint failed due to missing support.

A student project from 2021-22 cohort.
A downloadable project from thingiverse.

Youtube link to Timelapse

## Alternative materials
Wood filament. (Image: 3DWithUs - https://3dwithus.com/3d-printing-in-wood)
Water dissolvable support.
Flexible filament.

## BMade workshop

BMade workshop moodle page.BMade general resources page.