3D Printing in Ft. Walton Beach
The UWF Office of Career and Professional Education has partnered with the Fort Walton Beach Campus Library and UWF Engineering Department to provide 3D printing services to students, faculty and the general public in Fort Walton Beach.
In order to gain access to the 3D printer, potential users must complete the following steps:
- Watch the Mojo 3D Printer Instructional Video (located below)
- Read the Mojo 3D Printer User Checklist.
- Complete the short printer operation quiz.
After the completed quiz score has been verified, an email notification will be sent granting access for printer usage time to be reserved. Usage times are scheduled during regular library hours, with 11 total time slots available weekly.
Q. What is the age limit to use the 3D printer?
A. There is no age limit, but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Q. What is the difference between Solid Mode and Sparse Low Density mode?
A. Parts printed using Solid Mode are stronger and heavier, but use more material. Parts printed using Sparse Low Density Mode are hollower, lighter, and not as strong, but use less material.
Q. What file types can be printed?
A. Only STL files (.stl) can be printed on the Mojo 3D printer.
Q. How long does it take to print a part?
A. Printing time varies by size, typically between three and eight hours.
Q. How long does the wash tank process take?
A. Up to six hours. Parts with moving components or other intricate details will take longer to clean.
3D Printer Glossary
- Low Density (Sparse) Mode – a setting used for faster and more economic printing; parts are hollower and lighter
- Modeling Base –a recyclable surface on which to print a 3D model
- Model Material – ABS plastic used to print 3D models
- Mojo Control Panel – software that provides the printer’s current status, including current print jobs, estimated print time, material levels, and readiness
- STL File – type of file that can be sent to the printer; created with SolidWorks software
- Support Material – a water-soluble material used to support a 3D part as it prints
- Wash Tank – a means to remove the support material from a 3D printed part; a water-based solution that removes the support material through a combination of temperature and agitation
This public 3D printing project is an extension of the UWF Office of Career and Professional Education's efforts to encourage manufacturing and engineering in Okaloosa County. The University of West Florida maintains partnerships with the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (EDC) and the Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network (TeCMEN), a group of interconnected companies and institutions (including CareerSource Okaloosa Walton) that represents technology, engineering and manufacturing. As part of this partnership, UWF conducts needs assessments and offers training to TeCMEN members in order to support and maintain a technologically skilled and competitive workforce.