General 3D Printing Process
How to turn an idea into a 3D product!
1. Establish an idea of what you will want to design and/or print. There are endless reasons and uses for 3D printing.
2. You will take your idea and start using a CAD (computer aid design) program to design your product (There are many free programs available for 3D Design and generally operate very similarly to one another). Click here for a list of design programs.
Once you are finished with your design, export and save your design as an ".stl" file. (BPS 3D printers print .stl files; Click here to learn more about 3D file types)
3. Before sending your .stl file to the 3D Printer you must upload it to a slicer (click for slicer info) program. From the slicer program, you may now send your designed idea to the 3D Printer.... make sure the printers are connected through USB.