Collaboratory Recommended Resources Page
Welcome to the resources page. Below you will find useful links to locations to purchase materials as well as links to educational resources such as design software and tutorials. Our staff can help you with questions about this page.
- Carvey CNC Software
- Our milling machines use Easel by Inventables. Make your own account and model from home.
- 3D Printing Filament
- 1.75mm PLA - Compatible with Flashforge & Ender printers:
- Amazon Basics - Generally costs less than $25 per 1kg roll with free shipping for prime members.
- Just PLA 1.75mm PLA - Generally costs less than $25 per 1kg roll plus shipping.
- Solutech 1.75mm PLA - Generally costs less than $25 per 1kg roll and, if you are an Amazon Prime member, it ships for free.
- 3D Universe 1.75mm PLA - Generally costs $30 per 1kg roll plus shipping.
- 2.85mm PLA - Compatible with Ultimaker printers:
- Sheet Materials, Woods, Plastics, PCB, etc.
- Metals, Aluminum, Steel, Brass
- Metal Supermarket - Good prices with a brick and mortar store in Everett. Will give a student discount if you show your ID.
- Online Metals - Online metal store that will ship your order at a reasonable price.
- Other Materials & Tools
Printer and 3D Modeling Software
- 3D Design; Tools for creating 3D printable objects:
- TinkerCAD - A very basic, online & free design tool. Along the lines of a 3D sketch-pad. --> Basic, general tool with an easy learning curve.
- Autodesk Fusion 360 - A fully featured, professional 3D CAD design package. Students, hobbyists and anyone using this software for non-commercial purposes can obtain a free, 3 year license. --> Powerful, general tool with a moderate learning curve, has simulation and CAM tools
- OpenSCAD - A 100% free, open source CAD design environment featuring a code-based interface. This is the development tool used to create customizable designs on Thingiverse.com. --> Powerful, task-specific tool with a steep learning curve
- Blender - A free modeling and animation software that is designed for digital artists, and projects that are not dimension driven. Large amounts of documentation and tutorials are available. --> Powerful organic shape modeling with animation tools
- Print Prep Software; Tools for preparing models for printing:
- FlashPrint - Software for using Flashforges finders in the Collaboratory.
- Cura - Software for the Ultimaker 2, Ultimaker S5 and Ender 3 in the Collaboratory.
- 2D Design; Tools for creating laser-cut objects:
- Adobe IllustratorAdobe Illustrator - While not a free tool, Illustrator is installed on UWB computers and can be accessed by students for free. --> powerful tool with a moderate learning curve
- Inkscape - a 100% free, open source, 2D design tool similar to Adobe illustrator. --> powerful tool with a moderate learning curve
- Simple Coding; Environments designed for lighter weight coding for Arduino and similar platforms:
- Arduino IDE - Designed to write and upload code to the Arduino platform, this IDE is simple and easy to use for beginners. --> Built to write code for Arduino Boards
- Atom - Lightweight and extremely customizable, Atom is a text editor that features syntax highlighting, community plugins, and themes to accomplish a whole host of tasks. --> Functional text editor that has strong community following
- Complex Coding; Environments designed for creating full applications:
- Visual Studio - Microsoft's build environment to create Windows applications. --> Designed by Microsoft for building windows desktop, mobile, and IOT apps
- Unity - Game development environment that allows users of all times to make complex games for all sorts of platforms --> Loads of documentation and possible VR and AR uses