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The University of the West of England is offering students use of a 3D printer in the library

The University of the West of England (UWE) is currently running a pilot scheme in its Frenchay library that allows students to bring in their own CAD files and get them 3D printed - free.

The printer and materials have been provided by 3D Systems: the printer is a 3DTouch and it prints in PLA. To use the system, students need to use free software to convert their models into the appopriate file type for printing, then save them onto a USB stick. In the library, they can plug their memory sticks into the printer, and watch, either in person or via webcam, as the printer builds their object.