Jan 192013
 
From all of us at MakeIt, we had a great time participating in the NH Science Cafe on 3D Printing last Wednesday night.  To further the knowledge exchange, we have put together a list of resources for some of the things mentioned during the discussion.
 
By far the best resource is Make Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.

The second resource I would suggest anyone visit is Thingiverse. There you can get a sense of all the things you could download from the web and print on day one (or at MakeIt on our Makerbot Replicator 2).

Below are some links for more information on some of the most popular printers, software, and websites to start exploring the wonderful world of 3D printing.

Hobbyist Printers

Makerbot http://www.makerbot.com/
Rep-Rap http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page
Ultimaker http://ultimaker.com/
Printrbot http://printrbot.com/

Commercial Printers

3D Systems http://www.3dsystems.com/
Stratasys http://www.stratasys.com/

3D Printing Service Providers

Shapeways http://www.shapeways.com/
Ponoko https://www.ponoko.com/

Online 3D Model Repositories

Thingiverse http://www.thingiverse.com/
GrabCAD http://grabcad.com/

Software

Design

SketchUp http://www.sketchup.com/
Autodesk 123D http://www.123dapp.com/
Tinkercad https://tinkercad.com/
Blender http://www.blender.org/
OpenSCAD http://www.openscad.org/

3D Scanning

123D Catch http://www.123dapp.com/catch
ReconstructMe (uses Xbox Kinect) http://reconstructme.net/

Slicers

Skeinforge
Slic3r
KISSlicer

Printer Control

ReplicatorG
Printrun
Makerware
Cura

Stop by our open houses Monday and Thursday nights to explore 3D printing as well as the many other maker tools available in our space.