Content Type: Gaming Guides
The 3D printer is an important device if you want to survive on Sons of the Forest’s terrifying island. It can print an assortment of different tools, from arrows to canteens, that will aid you throughout your play through. In this guide, we’ll show you where to find the 3D printer, and how to use it.
Depending on where you spawn, the route to reach the printer may be different, but it’s always in the same place. You should see a green circle on your GPS that serves as the furthest corner of a triangle of green circles — it’s in between a cave and a point of interest out in the ocean. This is the location of the 3D printer.
You can view the GPS to guide you by pressing / . It is a bit hard to find, even with the GPS, but don’t forget that you can zoom in on your GPS by hitting / Middle Mouse. When you’re all the way zoomed in and approximately on the spot, look for a golf cart that is overgrown with flora (1). Very close by, there will be a hole in the ground that you can enter (2).
Approach the cleft in the rock and hold / / to enter it. Pull out your Lighter with / and make your way forward until you find a carpeted hallway — the 3D printer is in the first room, doorway visible at the end of the hall (3). (There’s a bit more to explore in this area if you go left instead of into the printer room, but for now just head into the room).
Don’t worry, while it is very creepy inside, there are no enemies. Approach the cleft in the rock and hold / / to enter it. Pull out your Lighter with / and make your way forward until you find a carpeted hallway — the 3D printer is in the first room, doorway visible at the end of the hall. When you enter the room, there will a lot of supplies to grab, and you will especially want to snag all the Printer Resin to feed into the printer. It does start with a healthy supply of Resin, but it’s still good to toss all the resin in the room into it as well.
When you press / / at the printer, it will take resin from your inventory and put it into the machine to make objects. Note that it is the same button to take objects from the printer, so you will want to point your screen a little higher to acquire the printed things. The laptop next to the printer is how you will select what item you would like to print. Here’s a list of all the items you can print at the start of the game:
- Arrows (5)
- Grappling Hooks (2)
- Tech Mesh
When looking at the laptop, press / to switch the object to print, then hold // to activate the printer. You will see the number of resin number on the printer deplete as the object is fabricated.
As soon as you’re done with the 3D printer, you can explore the rest of the facility (you can’t get very far in yet, as you’ll first need a key). Then, head down to the beach and grab the pistol, and/or start working on getting a shelter set up.
Hopefully the 3D printer helped you survive a little longer. Tell us what you printed and found most useful in the comments!