Use this page to find valuable third-party resources and help to answer any questions you might have about 3D printing or to shop for additional components and materials.

Use this page to find valuable third-party resources The Shack uses that can help to answer any questions you might have about 3D printing or to shop for additional components and materials.

Finding 3D print files and project ideas:

There are a number of great websites to find 3D print files and project ideas. Large databases exist where makers (just like you) upload their ideas, print files, and designs for everyone else to make.

Check out some of these resources for an entire project or maybe just some inspiration:

Making a 3D print file:

Oftentimes you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for online. That’s okay! Now you can learn how to make your very own 3D objects to print.

There are a number of free, downloadable software for CAD modelling. For instance, software like Sketchup and Tinkercad are both free, easy access, and a great starting point.

At The Shack, we often use Inventor or Fusion, which are both available in the Autodesk software suite and free to students. Autodesk is also installed on The Shack's computers.

Editing and Printing:

Our Machina printers use Repetier Host as a slicing and printing software, while our Prusa printers use Prusa Control or Slic3r Prusa edition.

For slicing and editing STLs, we refer The Shack users to Netfabb (available through Autodesk).

Ordering filament for 3D printing:

Although filament is provided free of charge at The Shack, you may want to order some extra that only you can use or to have a colour The Shack doesn’t currently carry.

Listed below are some of The Shack’s trusted suppliers:

Ordering consumables and components:

There are a few good sites to order electronics components from, see below:

These sites below are good for ordering materials, hardware, and tools:

For orders, talk to a Shack employee about having it directly ordered to The Shack! We’d love to help keep your materials and components safe from package thieves.