2. What 3D printer is right for you?
If you are a beginner, start off with a 3D printer that is low tech. This will make setup and printing your first designs much easier. Do you need a small, portable printer or do you want a larger printer for big projects? Ideally look for fully enclosed 3D printers with a built-in air-filtration system.
3. Choose quality 3D printer filament
You will need to invest in 3D printing filament which looks like a big fishing reel of plastic. This is what your designs will be printed with. Make sure you choose quality, safe filament. Low-quality filament is responsible for many, many 3D printer issues.
4. Have a dedicated 3D printer area
Early on, students will be fascinated with the 3D printing process so position the 3D printer in a spot that makes it easy for students to view progress. Plan for the addition of more 3D printers as your Makerspace grows!
5. Store 3D printer tools nearby
3D printers usually come with tools and safety glasses. These tools are there to help with printer set up and if there is ever an issue with the printer. So have an area where they can be housed next to the 3D printer.