3D Printing

3D Printing Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions:

I want to try 3D printing.  How do I get started?

  • Attend an in-person 3D Printing orientation or take the online certification when it is complete!
  • If you intend on making your own object check out Tinkercad—a free, easy-to-learn online 3D design and modeling tool.  
  • You can learn the basics by checking out our Tinkercad- 3D Design video tutorials  on YouTube.
  • Finally, you can submit the project to our Staff Printing Program queue. We print projects during the printer downtime so these projects will take much longer than the self-serve options.

How do I get 3D Printer Certified?

Currently, we are hosting events for people to learn the basics of 3D printing. After you have taken this course you can make an appointment for your first 3D print and finish your certification journey.  

What kind of 3D printers do you have?

We have the Bambu Labs P1P 3D printer.

  • Nozzle Size: 0.4 mm
  • Infill Percentage: Any
  • Layer Height: 0.08mm - 0.28 mm

Is there a charge for using the 3D printers?

Yes, the cost for printing is $0.10 per gram of plastic, or filament, used.  For example, if your final project weighs 50 grams, the cost is $5.00.  We can help estimate the cost of your project before printing.  Most objects end up costing between $2.00-$15.00.

How long does 3D printing take?

The length of time it takes to print an object depends on the size of the project.  The actual printing process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the project.  Our 3D printer is in high demand so plan ahead. Queue times are dependent on your specific project and whether you are printing the project yourself or via the staff printing program. 

What type of file formats do the 3D printers accept?

The printers will accept file formats: .stl and .3mf

What kind of material is used for printing?

We only print using PLA—a corn based, biodegradable, environmentally friendly plastic filament.  Please note this filament is NOT food safe.

Can I print more than one colour?

Not yet! Our printers print in a variety of colours including black, white, red, blue, yellow, green, purple and grey.  Of course, you can also print your project in white and paint over it using acrylic paint.  

 
Here are some of the projects we have printed so far!