Guidelines in Preparing files for 3D printing/Rapid Prototyping.

Use the following guidelines when preparing your files for 3D printing:

1. All models should be converted to editable format and welded together by material type.

2. Separate materials should have mating surfaces, that is touching without overlap.

3. Use inches as measurement system and double check part size to be around 6x6x6 inches or less.

4. Be sure there are no overlapping or hollow parts. All parts need to be water tight.

5. When subtracting or combining parts together, consider using a package such as Rhinoceros for Windows or the beta version for OS X. (Available on Travis’ laptop during class times).

6. Final models should be in STL format. One file for each separate material type.

7. Create a render of your model that resembles the final product for reference when assembling builds.

8. Use no more than 2 materials total in your model.


Project 3 Deadlines

Project 3 models must be ready to send off by Tuesday, April 5th. We will test all models and review them in class that day. Please have parts grouped by material type and sized correctly. We will go over sizing and part preparation in class on Tuesday March 29th.

We have a tour scheduled at Medical Modeling on Tueday, April 19th at 4:30pm. We will learn about the various types of technologies they use there and will pick up our completed models. I will be driving if anyone needs a ride. Otherwise, please make arrangements accordingly.
Medical Modeling is located in Golden. 17301 W. Colfax Avenue, Golden, Colorado 80401.

World Water Day Visualization Challenge!


In celebration of the upcoming World Water Day, we’ve partnered with Circle of Blue (the leading news organization reporting on global water issues) to host a rapid-fire call to designers, data experts, and visualizers to tap into the world’s stream of water data.

The theme of the challenge is urban water and we’ve provided a wealth of water data (in Google Fusion Tables!) for you to visualize. We’re offering a $5,000 cash prize and the chance to clarify the data in order to help water institutes propose effective solutions to the growing water problems in cities around the world.


This is a rapid-fire competition

Deadline: March 15, 2011

Announcement: March 22, 2011 (World Water Day). Winning visualizations will be disseminated to the media and water institutes – all around great exposure!


$5,000 to the winner


A panel of high-profile water experts, data experts, and information designers. Check out our page for the final Jury which will be posted at the end of the week.

For more information and to enter:

Look forward to seeing your submissions!


The Team