Sons Of The Forest 3D Printer [Locations & Crafting]

Wondering how the useful 3D Printer device works? Here is a detailed guide on 3D Printer in Sons of the Forest.

3D Printer in Sons of the Forest.
A detailed guide on 3D Printer in Sons of the Forest.

To progress through the game’s storyline more effectively and unlock many new items, you must get a 3D Printer. Crafting items from a 3D Printer on a cannibal and mutants-infested island has its level of entertainment, so why not give it a try?

Key Takeaways

  • A 3D Printer is a crafting device that helps make various items that are impossible to access any other way.
  • The items players can craft through a 3D Printer are Grappling Hooks, Printed Arrows, a Sled, a Flask, a Tech Mesh, and a Red Mask.
  • The 3D Printer is found in four different locations throughout the island.
  • The first location is inside a cave in the island’s western region.
  • The second location is the Maintenance B Digsite.
  • The third location is the Maintenance A Digsite.
  • Lastly, the fourth location is the cave in the island’s eastern region, just below a huge lake.
Using A 3D Printer – Image Credits: Alekei96

These functional 3D Printers help craft items that are impossible to obtain any other way.

Those craftable items are:

  • Grappling Hook: An item that helps craft a Zipline Rope for your Rope Gun.
  • Printed Arrows: A type of ammunition used for Compound and Crafted Bows.
  • Sled: Helps in traveling down the mountain hills faster.
  • Flask: A refillable bottle that collects water from a water source.
  • Tech Mesh: A crafting material that is required in the making of Tech Armor.
  • Red Mask: A wearable item that may provide protection against cannibals.

How To Use A 3D Printer

1. Finding Resin

  1. Firstly, you must gather Resin.
  2. It is a material needed for refilling 3D Printers and goes hand-in-hand with them.
  3. You may be able to craft your first item without refilling the 3D Printer with Resin.
  4. Afterward, you must find Resin and refill the 3D Printer.
  5. Resin is primarily available in the same room as the 3D Printer.
  6. Check the shelves in the room, and you will be guaranteed to find a few.
  7. Check the crates, other underground bunkers, and the helicopter crash site for Resin, too; these locations usually contain them.

2. Crafting Item

  1. Now that you have Resin, refill the 3D Printer.
  2. The options available for crafting will show up.
  3. Press “R” to change the item.
  4. Once you select the item you want to create, press and hold “E.”
  5. Wait for the process to end, which barely takes a minute. Once done, you have yourself a brand-new 3D Printed item.

Each craftable item requires a specific amount of Resin. Here is the list of those items, along with the amount of Resin required for their making:

  • Grappling Hook: Needs 100 ml of Resin for 2 Grappling Hooks.
  • Printed Arrows: Needs 50 ml of Resin for five arrows.
  • Sled: Needs 1000 ml of Resin for 1 Sled.
  • Flask: Needs 100 ml of Resin for 1 Flask.
  • Tech Mesh: Needs 150 ml Resin for 1 Tech Mesh.
  • Red Mask: Needs 150 ml Resin for 1 Red Mask.

All 3D Printers Locations

Currently, there are 4 locations guaranteed to have a 3D Printer. All these areas are underground, with either a cave entrance or a bunker. Players can identify the 3D Printer location on their GPS by a green pulsating signal.

Let’s find out where exactly the four 3D Printers are on this mysterious island.

Location #1

The first location is a cave in the island’s western region, near the flowing river stream. Check the marked location on the map below:

3D Printer Location in the cave on West – Image Credits: VeryAliGaming

Don’t worry; the mentioned cave is the safest, with almost no mutants to worry about. You do not require any special equipment to enter the cave either. Follow the mentioned steps to make your way to the functional 3D Printer:

  1. Enter the cave by pressing E.
  2. Walk straight ahead till you enter a long corridor.
  3. Follow the corridor path till you enter a 3D Printer room.

Location #2

The second location is near the plane crash site at Southwest. Travel towards the Southwest region to locate a Maintenance B Digsite. Here is the location on the map:

3D Printer location at Maintenance B Digsite – Image Credits: VeryAliGaming
  1. Before you visit, I suggest bringing a shovel before accessing this bunker, as you must dig the entrance path.
  2. Once you enter Maintenance B Digsite, follow the path until you find a 3D Printer Room.
  3. Do not sweat about facing enemies down there because there is none.
  4. This is the same bunker where you find a Compound Bow near a corpse.

Location #3

The third location is the Maintenance A Digsite. The bunker is located Northwest of the Snowy Mountains, near a flowing stream. Following is the Maintenance A Digsite location on the Map:

3D Printer location at Maintenance A Digsite – Image Credits: MapGenie
  1. Like the Maintenance B dig site, you must carry a Shovel.
  2. The bunker’s entrance is hidden under the dirt, and you must dig it up.
  3. Once inside, travel down the corridor till a door on the right pops up.
  4. Take the turn there and find a 3D Printer resting on a desk.
  5. You will also find a Maintenance Keycard on the same desk. Make sure to collect it, too.

Location #4

The fourth 3D Printer in Sons of the Forest is inside a cave East of the Lake. The Lake is located in the island’s Southeast region and is big enough to miss. Here is the on-map location of the cave:

3D Printer location in Eastern region of the Island
3D Printer location in the Eastern region of the Island – Image Credits: VeryAliGaming

Once inside the cave, start exploring because it is pretty enormous with lots of loot, such as Katana, Gold Mask, and Flashlight Attachment. When you enter the cave and follow through the congested area, you eventually enter a Bunker through a door.

On Level 1 of the Bunker, you find some rooms, one of them containing a 3D Printer. It is the same room where you also find a Putter.

Note: Location#4 Cave is infested with various mutants; it is a suicide mission going unprepared in this cave. I recommend stacking up on ammunition, weapons, Health Mix, and Energy Mix.

My Thoughts On 3D Printer Locations

Finding a 3D Printer on such a vast island is nearly impossible. Prior knowledge about the location will save you tons of time. It takes a few tries with location 4 as it crawls with enemies, so bring some good weapons to deal with them. 

I hope my guide helped you track down the helpful device faster. Now, you can craft various items you couldn’t otherwise, all with the help of a 3D Printer. Get yourself some Resin, and you’re good to go. 

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