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Noisebridge 3D Printing for Beginners

The focus of this page is on understand the layout of Noisebridge, getting beginners up to speed. If you are interested in adding to this group you can contact Romyilano

Rough Draft

Noisebridge 3D Printing workspace

3D printing space

The Noisebridge 3D printing workspace is in the "front" next to the HackerStackers. I was just informed by a friendly Noisebridge member that they are shifting the space around and expanding it. It is sort of taking over the side corner and leaking out the way that Manhattan's china town is eating up little italy. There are no hard feelings and it is all good vibes.

3D Printer Hardware at Noisebridge

_I'm going to start out with a rough draft, linking existing highly excellent existing Noisebridge wiki pages that already exist. I was actually pretty surprised at how extensive and friendly some of the 3D printing pages were--the only thing is they just aren't all consolidated in one place -- Romyilano

RepRap Wiki Page

RepRap Machines

RepRap is the open-source 3D printer and should always get first priority. Many of the great 3D printing private companies springing up now that the 3D systems patents are expiring have lifted their designs directly off the open source RepRap community.

This page is out of date. I will do my best to update it

  • I see remnants of a RepRap party at Noisebridge
  • RepRap might be a challenge for beginners - the community does have a right to feel a little under siege and exploited, and these are intense hobbyists who might be like the comic book guy in the Simpsons. However, I have had mostly good experiences with RepRap people when I hung out at the TS in San Jose.
  • Like all open source projects, the emphasis might be not so much on easy usable great products that are simple.

Makerbot Wiki Page

Really one of the friendliest! I'm not sure what's going on because the last update from May 2013 says that the Makerbot is no longer working but we have seen people use it. It's also confusing because there is more than one MakerBot 3D printer... I think ther eare fouro f them, one of them is labelled Peter K Suk so I'm worried about messing with it because it might belong to someone.

Up! 3D printer

Up! 3D printer. don't mess with it or its boyfriend will come back and kick your ass!

This is an easy to use 3D printer. They are from China and have been extremely aggressive about hiring people from the hacker community to evangelize, but I haven't seen people be very open about this. They have good firmware, it is produced by elite university students. They are not part of the open source community.

  • Update june 2013 - I think this thing is broken. There is a message not to mess with it. Do not mess with the UP! printer or its boyfriend will come back and whup your ass!
  • I do not feel like doing free documentation for a private company that is giving checks to hackers. if someone is into that you can do it.

Type A! Machines

could someone talk to the type a machines people and ask them to update the wiki with full documentation on how to use this prototype? it is mysterious. i would do it but i want to focus on reprap open source 3d printers

Nice 3D printers produced in the Bay Area. They visit noisebridge a lot - I feel since it is a private company with noisebridge connections it is in their best interest to handle all their documentation, marketing, training themselves. If you want to do this free work then erase this entry and start wiki-ing away. I'm not really going to do free work for this. They are nice people and they need to do this if they want to become a successful scalable business.

  • we only have early prototypes of a Type A machine so far. it is mysterious, on its side.
  • (total rumor) I heard a rumor that there was money donated for a new type a machine but it is not here yet. somebody totally confirm this rumor so that i am not gossipping.

3D printing Software

You don't have to actually work with the 3D printers at noisebridge to get started. A big mistake a lot of beginners do that I see is getting overly obsessed with learning the CAD 3D software and then giving up. I recommend doing that stuff at home and then focusing on doing the 3D printing hardware when you are the space.

The MakerBot people put up some great software so I'm lifting a lot of the text directly off there.

Software: 3D printer Drivers

3D printers need drivers. Think of the printer driver that you download and use to print on your laser printer or inkjet printer. If only you could get software drivers for online dates but--whoops that was unprofessional.

Luckily the open source community has provided many great 3D printer drivers. These are also called firmware.

3D Printing Projects

This is just a rough overview of projects for beginners. This needs to be merged into a general page that includes both beginners and experts.

3D printing Guide

  • Full disclosure: I am thinking about making a 3D printing guide printed as a zine or book. This could possibly be offered as a tangible object so that people could give donations to Noisebridge or sudoRoom but I haven't fleshed out the details yet.

Ancient 2011 3D Graphics

This is super old. but it looked like it was off to a good start!


Good Patterns

  • Getting beginners up and running
  • Explaining really dumb and obvious things like "how to turn on the printer" - for some reason a lot of smart 3D printing companies do not feel it's important to do this. =D
  • Updating the equipment list so that even beginners can figure out what is going on
  • Training beginners to be educated enough to help repair broken 3D printers. a lot of people really want to help but they don't know where to start. Just getting them to be able to identify parts and then tip off more experienced members will lighten the work load and prevent burn out from the more experienced folks.
  • Training beginners to learn how to maintain the 3D printers and software, this is a great way for them to learn and help out Noisebridge


  • Too much discussion of private funding / someone's private or non profit 3D printing project business
  • Endless videos of neat 3D printing projects by the military, governmental organizations, multibillion dollar corporations. This is a good way not to learn 3D printing. trust me, we have all been there.