Printing on a paper has definitely become too mainstream. When we are printing rockets why not bowls?!
Getting my hands on printing my first 3d model was pretty easy than I expected. Within 30 mins of informal training by Thomas at St. Louis Confluence Lab it was pretty easy getting into shape. Thanks to the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecdhXAgf-N8
Once you get your model ready, its time to export into a .STL file. What is STL?
STL (an abbreviation of "stereolithography") is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems. STL has several backronyms such as "Standard Triangle Language" and "Standard Tessellation Language". In simple words, it holds your model in the form of millions of triangles cut by planes. Once you export the STL we are ready to go to the slicer program.
Thanks to Prusa Slicer – https://www.prusa3d.com/prusaslicer/. It is opensource software that has over 11k commits. Once you are in the slic3r software, you go to File -> Import STL file. And select your STL file.
Once you are in the slicer program you can click on “Slice Now”. You will see a sliced rendering as above. You might or might not need a support material added depends on the shape of your model. Then you click print.
It took me 38 mins to print this one. Usually once printed the surface is such that the model easily can be pulled with hands (sometimes you need to chisel it out as I had to cause it got stuck! as a programmer would usually term it). Start learning Fusion 360 and print your own stuff!
Fusion 360 is free for community edition and if you are a student you get it for free too!
St Louis Confluence Lab – https://www.lc.edu/fablab/