Digital Fabrication Studio

Prusa MK3s+ Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process that transforms digital designs into tangible objects. Unlike traditional subtractive manufacturing methods, where material is cut away from a larger block, 3D printing builds objects layer by layer. This technology allows for the creation of complex and intricate structures that may be challenging or impossible to produce using other manufacturing techniques.


3D Printing Overview:

In the Digital Fabrication Studios, we run Prusa MK3s+ 3D printers that utilize Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology to bring CAD models to life in three dimensions. We currently have 12 printers available for student use housed in dFab (Mount Royal Station) and the Dolphin Design Center.


Why Prusa MK3s+?

Prusa Research, the company behind the Prusa MK3s+ and other 3D printers, is well-known for its commitment to open source technology and software. Prusa Research has been a strong advocate for the open-source philosophy in the 3D printing community.

  1. Open Source Hardware (OSH): Prusa 3D printers are built on open-source hardware principles. This means that the design files, schematics, and specifications for their printers are made freely available to the public. Users, developers, and other manufacturers are encouraged to access and modify these designs. This transparency fosters collaboration and innovation within the 3D printing community.
  2. GitHub Repositories: Prusa Research actively shares its 3D printer firmware, hardware designs, and other related projects on GitHub. This platform allows users and developers to access, contribute to, and improve the source code for Prusa printers and associated software.
  3. Community Collaboration: Prusa has a vibrant and engaged user community that actively participates in discussions, shares tips, and contributes to the development of various projects. This collaborative approach helps in refining and enhancing the performance of Prusa printers and related software.
  4. Open Source Software Contributions: In addition to open-sourcing hardware designs, Prusa has also contributed to open-source slicer software. PrusaSlicer, the slicing software used to prepare 3D models for printing, is open source. The community can access and modify the code to suit their needs, and Prusa encourages collaboration on its development.

This commitment to open source not only aligns with the principles of collaboration and community-driven innovation but also helps in creating a more accessible and adaptable ecosystem for 3D printing enthusiasts and professionals alike. It allows users to have greater control over their 3D printing experience and encourages the free exchange of knowledge within the community.


How Our Printers Work:

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is the core technology behind our 3D printing process. In FFF, a continuous filament of thermoplastic material is heated and extruded layer by layer to form the final object. This method allows for the creation of durable and functional prototypes, intricate models, and customized products with remarkable accuracy.


Endless Possibilities:

From digital concepts to tangible prototypes, the rapid prototyping capabilities empower both students and professionals to refine and test their ideas iteratively.

In the realm of art and design, 3D printing provides a canvas for exploration. Artists can breathe life into digital sculptures, experimenting with unconventional shapes. For designers, the technology becomes an indispensable tool, converting digital designs into striking tangible forms – be it for prototypes, promotional materials, signage, or interactive design elements.