Our regular 3D Printing Prices are already some of the most competitive around and when allied with our student discounts, we offer the best value 3D printing service for students in California.
how it works
1. Create an Account
2. Place your order
3. Check out
Students and faculty get 15% off.
If you need help with CAD production, you can chat with one of our CAD experts while they draw your design under your guidance. Many students have done this with us and although not a formal CAD training course, they have learnt so much about CAD production that they have often been inspired to perfect their own skills. With our one-on-one CAD and 3D printing service we have had great success helping students produce complex ideas and designs into beautiful physical results.
When time is of the essence, it’s also important to make sure that your 3D file is ready for printing. If your files aren’t printable when we receive them, this will inevitably cause delays. If you’d like us to take a look at files before you’ve finalized the design to make sure that you’re producing a good file, then please get in touch.
Send us printable files, so that we can quote and get you in the print queue the first time.
We have produced design guides for all our 3D Printing materials to help you make your files ready for 3D printing.
Allow plenty of time to get your 3D printing done. Student submission times are among our busiest of the year. Our Express and Standard production times are based on available space in all of our printers.
Please note that different materials have different production times.
If you follow these tips, then this very stressful time of the year can be made a little easier for us all.
Probably the most famous and easy to use application for 3d modeling. Tinkercad is browser based which means that you need an internet connection to use it (make sure to have your WebGL enabled). There is no offline version so far. Don’t be fooled by its colorful interface, Tinkercad is a very powerful tool. It’s great for entry level users as well as for advanced modelers. Isaac Budman has published a very analytic tutorial about tinkercad, it’s a good way start.
The Design application of the 123Dapp series of Autodesk is one of the most complete free tools for 3d printing. There are both an online and an offline version which is really useful. It follows the classic design approach of Autodesk and has many great and easy to use and understand tools. I see 123D Design as the next step after Tinkercad.
SketchUp is a nice way to begin 3d modeling, however not as easy as tinkercad. It is a very popular tool and it’s on the market for a long time. It is mostly used by architects and builders, but it’s trying to work its way into 3d printing for good. There are two versions of SketchUp, the free one named “Make” and the advanced that is called “Pro”. The free version is just fine for a beginner. The good thing about SketchUp is the ability to draw polyline shapes directly on a plane or surface and extrude them.
Sculptris is the little brother of ZBrush (one of the best Organic 3D modeling software) so it follows the same principles. It’s free and it has many capabilities. The way it works is simple… it’s like sculpting clay! You start with a ball of clay and you create the shape and details with the use of different brushes. It is very easy to start with, but you will probably need many sculpting hours to master it.
Meshmixer is a unique case, since it combines a bit of modelling, a bit of sculpting and a bit of repairing meshes and cleanup. It is mostly an editing application, I wouldn’t recommend it for creating objects from scratch. You can easily import you model and make changes on it, or tweak its mesh, its shape, or join meshes together, shell objects and so on. Meshmixer is not a standalone 3d modelling software, but it’s a great add-on in your tool chain.
Netfabb basic is probably the best free mess repair software. Very easy to use, even a beginner can repair its model in a few clicks. It has many automated functions and does not require to be a “nuclear physicist” to make a change or repair. Its basic version is free but there is an even more powerful version with more functions called Professional.
Meshlab is an opensource mesh repair & cleanup software. Initially it started as part of the computer science department of University of Pisa in 2005. However, since then it has grown a lot. It is a very capable software with many great tools. It inputs and outputs a great variety of files and its processing capabilities are endless. Its basic drawback is the complexity of its tools and features. It is very difficult to understand how all the different features (it has a lot) work and what they do if you are not an expert, but when you get the hang of it you can make magic.
Terms and Conditions
- Discount will be applied when you order 3D prints using your academic email account enrolled in our education program.
- We’re always working to improve our student discount program and, as such, its terms are subject to change at any time.