File Preparation for 3D printing at the Bartlett DMC

Basics The way you process your three dimensional data will depend on the 3D program you are using to model in. Different programs utilise different approaches to modelling, however, the following points need to be considered independently of your software type: Ultimately the data you supply needs to be in .STL format.  The three dimensional geometry created in your 3D program can be converted to this file format typically under the File–Export menu of most programs. All geometry to be 3D printed must be in three-dimensions. Any two-dimensional geometry will not be processed or built by the 3D printer. All Read more

Bartlett DMC workshop

DMC London, is the Bartlett’s new, state-of-the-art digital manufacturing (DM) centre. Bringing together two key technologies, and associated software solutions, the centre services all the DM requirements of the school, the wider needs of the UCL community, as well as, providing a highly valuable service to SMEs and micro-companies from within Greater London. To access any of the technologies detailed below, it is first necessary to generate a 3D CAD file of your design and export this into .stl format. The majority of 3D CAD packages have this export facility. Website with full details:

Bartlett CAD/CAM workshop

CNC Routers and Laser Cutters can be booked 48 hours in advance. During busy times i the Bartlett schedule these can be very busy with queues outside the office to book from 8am, so get there early! CAD/CAM workshop times: 9.30am – 4.30pm (Closed for lunch 1-2pm) Cost of all machines for Slade students is £15 per hour, with the exception of the Slade CNC router which will be charged at cost (check in workshop for details). Website:

Metropolitan Works

Metropolitan Works is London’s leading Creative Industries Centre, helping designers and manufacturers develop ideas and bring new products to the marketplace through access to digital manufacturing, workshops, knowledge transfer, advice, courses and exhibitions. At the heart of Metropolitan Works is the Digital Manufacturing Centre, housing a range of new technology for prototyping, manufacture, research and experimentation. Water jet cutting, which is unavailable at the Bartlett Their CNC 3 axis machine has a cutting area of 1300 mm x 2500 mm and a height of 300mm Their large format 100 watt laser cutter has an effective cutting area of 1227mm x Read more