Essentially, a 3D printer uses a bioplastic called PLA to lay down very thin layers that stack on top of one another to make solid objects. If you aren't familiar with 3D printing, here's a good video that explains how it works:
Our MakerBot is usually visible near the Reference Desk, happily printing away, so come in and see it if you want a better idea of what it can do.
If you would like to have something printed, you can either design it yourself using 3D design tools (we recommend starting with Tinkercad if you aren't familiar with 3D design) or submit an existing file from someplace like Thingiverse. Use the form to give us your information, submit your file, and we'll be in touch to let you know when you can pick up your 3D printed object.
We look forward to helping the UTC Community discover this new realm of manufacturing and design!