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Updated: November 02, 2015


3D printing machine

Foothill Now Offers 3-D Printing Service to Students & Community Members

Enterprising students and community members can bring their computer-generated, three-dimensional ideas to life by taking advantage of Foothill’s new, affordable 3-D printing service. Customers may submit design projects that are then printed by 3-D printers on campus. The new service appeals to artists, engineers, educators, working professionals, hobbyists and youth groups.

“Foothill’s 3-D printing service connects engineering with art,” says Foothill College Engineering Instructor Oxana Pantchenko. “The types of projects customers may submit are limitless, from cell phone covers and action figures to engineering prototypes and architectural models.”

In addition to providing the advanced technology that Foothill students use to make their computer-based projects into 3-D reality, the new service makes 3-D printing affordable and accessible to the community, Pantchenko says. It also provides another perspective, which can lead to improved designs and more innovation.

“By offering 3-D printing services, our goal is to get current and potential students interested in concept-to-creation engineering, and introduce them to the comprehensive selection of engineering courses that Foothill offers,” she says. “It’s an innovative way to bring our community closer to Foothill College.”

Customers may also arrange to watch their projects being printed on Stratasys Objet 30 or Mini-MakerBot printers. The cost of each 3-D printed item will vary, depending on size and other specifications. Each request includes an $11 printing fee, as well as additional fees for inks and filaments, which range from $1/10 grams to $6/20 grams.

To use the 3-D printing service, customers complete a request form and submit project .stl files. A price quote is then determined and payment is submitted to the Foothill College Bookstore. Completed projects can then be picked at Foothill’s 3-D Printing Lab (Room 4704). To fill out a project request form and review printing service specifications, access foothill.edu/sli/3D_printing.html.

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