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Getting Started

Ready to be a Certified Maker? Here's what you need to do:

  1. Read our policies and determine whether you are an eligible self-serve user.
  2. Complete our online certification workshop and learn about our 3D printers. 
  3. Once you've completed the workshop, book an appointment for your first print. 
  4.  Once you've completed a short, standard test print, you are eligible to sign out material at the Library Service Desk and start printing on your own!

What is 3D Printing?

Source: Ultimaker

What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital model. It is also know as additive manufacturing because the physical model is built up one layer at a time. Our 3D printers use a process called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), in which a plastic filament is fed through a heated nozzle that melts the plastic. Computer-controlled motors move the nozzle around to create the shape of a layer, which hardens immediately. The object is built this way, one layer at a time, from the bottom up. Watch Getting Started with MakerBot 3D Printers on

What are some practical uses of 3D printing?
Students can create prototypes of their product designs. Instructors can incorporate 3D objects to enhance learning in the classroom by creating automotive parts, complex molecules or cross-sections of organs. 3D printing can also be used to create replacement parts.

How do I print?

What are the build volumes of the 3D printers used in the Library? (L x W x H)

What is the finest layer resolution on these printers in the Makerspace?

  • Ultimakers: 60 microns / 0.06 mm
  • Makerbots: 100 microns / 0.1 mm
  • Fusion3 F400-s: 100 microns / 0.1 mm


What does it cost?

How much does it cost?

Cost for 3D printing is per gram of filament used: $0.15/gram.

Prices are subject to change.