Getting Started

Welcome to the 3D Printing Club at UCI! We’re excited to have you and the guide below will get you started with the club.



  1. Come to one of our meetings (if one is scheduled)
    • We plan to have general meetings the beginning of every quarter
      • Check back for updates shortly, or join our email list to get updates to your inbox
  2. Decide on which level of membership you want
    • We offer different levels of membership based upon how much 3D Printing you’ll be doing:
      • Level 0: Be a general member,  come to the club learn about 3D printing, access to the lab space to learn
      • Level 1: 10 hours of 3D printing time for $10 ($1/hr)
      • Level 2: 30 hours of 3D printing time for $20 ($0.67/hr)
      • Level 3: 50 hours of 3D printing time for $30 ($0.60/hr)
  3. Pay for your membership
    • Online via PayPal
    • Come into the lab (Engineering Tower Rm. 437) and have a board member take your cash payment
  4. Be a member
    • Come into the lab (Engineering Tower Rm. 437) the first time and have one of our board members teach you the in and outs of 3D printing
    • Come back at any time during our lab hours to print whatever you desire with your lab hours
    • Participate in our projects committee to build amazing 3D printed things like Quadcopters or Mechanical Hands
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Brief Intro to 3D Printing

3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, uses the method of “printing” very small layers of materials many times in order to create a three dimensional object. Objects can be created in CAD software such as Solidworks and AutoCAD which are available in Engineering computer labs. Essentially if you can create it on a CAD software, it can be printed.

Currently the lab uses two types of printing materials, both plastics. The two types of plastics are ABS and PLA. ABS has more engineering and professional applications which characteristics of high strength and temperature resistance. PLA has more general applications because it is easier to use, faster to print, and has low warping which is why it is the most commonly used material in our labs. The club is currently working on getting a new material to have in the future called NinjaFlex which is a flexible material that would allow even more printing possibilities.