3D printing is an exciting form of technology that can bring just about anything to life. The 3D printing process uses a digital model to build a physical object by adding material layer by layer. Make fun figurines, tools, jewelry and more.
The Lab has:
- 1 Prusa MK3s 3D printer available on a first-come, first-served basis
- 3 Prusa MK3s 3D printers reservable for up to 4 hours per day
- 1 Prusa SL1 not reservable but available for printing with staff assistance
Customer printing sessions are limited to one 4-hour session per day. If you think your project will take longer than expected please reserve the final slot of the day and the print job will be allowed to run overnight.
Each person reserving a 3D printer must be present.
Only one 3D printer may be used at a time.
How long does it take to print something on the 3D printer?
One of the biggest misconceptions about 3D printing is the amount of time it takes to produce an object. It is definitely not a fast process! Print time largely depends on the amount of filament used which is affected by the thickness of the layers and the infill. Thinner layers are better quality but take longer and solid objects can be sped up by "honeycombing" rather than filled up.
How much does it cost?
Use of the the library 3D printers is completely free!
What is the maximum size of an object I can print?This maximum size, known as build volume, is calculated by multiplying the length, width and height. The build volume of the Prusa MK3 printers in The Lab is 250mm wide, 200mm tall and 210mm deep.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring a file in STL format to print. For beginners, starting with a pre-made 3D model is best. Thingiverse and Pinshape.com are great resources for ready-made files to download. You can create your own designs in any 3D design or computer-aided design (CAD) program as long as it can save in the STL format.
What if I want to design my own 3D objects to print?
When you are ready to begin creating your own models, you will need to learn to use a 3D CAD program. There are many free programs online you can use to create your own objects. TinkerCAD is a great option for beginners. SketchUp is useful for 3D modeling, including prototyping and architectural design.
Can you help me design my project?
Staff is available to get you started, but the Makerspace is a DIY area providing the tools and equipment for you to use and experiment. Look for classes in the future on 3D printing and design.
Does it always work?
A failed print is always a possibility. Please ensure you have adequate time to finish your project or start over if need be. Good model design is key in preventing print failures.