3D Printing is an exciting new Technology and to give our young people the opportunity to explore their creative talents and promote STEAM subjects, the District have invested in a CTC 3D Printer which based on a Makerbot Replicator 2. It is a FDM printer with dual extruders, which means it is capable of printing in two colours or printing symmetrical objects twice as fast! The printer is managed by the Technology Active Support Unit and we can’t wait to see what our members create with it!


3D Printing Workshops for Scout Groups & Explorer Units.

Part of the TASU’s function is to support Scout groups & Explorer Units with delivery of the digital programme. Stages 2, 3 & 4 of the new Digital Citizen Badges all suggest 3D Computer Aided Design as one method of completing the requirements. Why not invite us to a few section nights or even your camp and we’ll help you to design some 3D models or work on project and fabricate something truly awesome!?


2 Hour Workshop


Day Workshop


Outside the District


Print Services for members of the Scout Association.

Have you got a 3D object you want fabricated? Well we can print it out for you! Maybe its a replacement part for a tent you’d otherwise have to throw away, a custom designed Woggle or a camp gadget? Whatever it is, all you need to do is to make a 3D solid model using CAD software or download a design of the thing you want from a repository and send us the STL file. We’ll charge members just for the filament (approx £0.06 per gram). As soon as its complete we’ll let you know so you can come and pick it up.


What is 3D Printing?

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.

The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive 2D layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

How does 3D printing work?

It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner is capable of making a 3D digital copy of an object using many different technologies to generate a 3d model such as time-of-flight, structured / modulated light, volumetric scanning and many more. Recently, many IT companies like Microsoft and Google enabled their hardware to perform 3D scanning, a great example is Microsoft’s Kinect. This is a clear sign that future hand-held devices like smartphones could have integrated 3d scanners for making models too.

Who can use the District 3D printer ?

Anyone involved in Scouting from Mersey Weaver or nearby Cheshire (For a nominal fee that covers the cost of materials and wear and tear on the printer). Get in touch with the Technology ASU to book a workshop or request printing services.

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