3D Printing

In this blog post, we will look at 3D printing: what it is and how to do it!


What is 3D printing?



At William Carey, we have a number of 3D printers. The simplest to use is this little guy:

This is a da Vinci Jr, made by XYZ Printing.



Some videos that will help you to understand how this particular printer works can be found here: https://support.xyzprinting.com/us_en/Help/tutorial/dv10jr?productName=da%20Vinci%201.0%20Junior


In order to create an object using a 3D printer, we need to follow two steps:

  1. Design
  2. Print


  1. Design

To design an object that can be printed by a 3D printer, we need to use modeling software. One of the simplest is Tinkercad, which can be found at https://www.tinkercad.com/

Tinkercad is a web-based program that allows you to create 3D models. The best way to get acquainted with the website is to complete the tutorials. These can be found at: https://www.tinkercad.com/learn/


I would recommend that you sign up to Tinkercad, as it will allow you to save your designs. Once you have completed your design, you will need to download it as an .stl file. 

This .stl file is what you will send to the printer, which brings us to our 2nd step.

  1. Print

Our da Vinci Jr is currently set up on a trolley, with a laptop attached.

The laptop has XYZware installed on it. This program allows the laptop to talk to the printer. This video tutorial will teach you the basics of the software:


And that’s pretty much it! If you have any questions, you can email me at mcclearyc@wccs.nsw.edu.au.