3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model by laying down many successive thin layers of a material in an additive process.
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The Archer Library currently has two fused deposition modeling printer (MakerBot 5th Generation and Makerbot Z18). Fused deposition modeling is the most popular type of printing to date, where plastic filament is melted and layered to create a 3D object. The Library's 3D printers use PLA (polylactic acid) plastic. PLA is derived from plant-based materials so the printing does not produce any toxic fumes or smell.