3D Printing


3D printing involves heating bioplastic filament and then laying it down in thin layers until a new object emerges. UTC Library offers 3D printing to students, faculty, and staff. We charge $0.10/gram for each object and operate the queue on a first-come, first-served basis. 3D printers are finicky machines and problems often occur, but we do our best to turn prints around as quickly as possible. Depending on demand, this usually takes anywhere from one day to one week -- and sometimes longer.

UTC Library currently has two 3D printers. They are:

  • Makerbot Replicator (1st Generation)Prints up to 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 in
  • Makerbot Replicator (5th Generation)Prints up to 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in

How much does it cost?

  • Once your object is complete, we weight it and charge $0.10 per gram

Can you give me an estimate ahead of time?

  • Yes. The software we use can estimate the amount of filament used, but we'll still weigh it in front of you before you pay.

Can I watch my print?

  • We cannot schedule prints at specific times. The printers are in the Studio though, and you're more than welcome to swing by and see what's on the plate.

What colors do you have?

  • We keep a rotating stock of colors on hand, but cannot guarantee we have the one that you want when you want it. If your object requires a specific color, please let us know and we'll work with you as best as we can. This may add additional time to complete your job.

If you have blue and red, does that mean I can have something in purple?

  • No. We can only print in one color at a time.

Can you make a 3D model of this photo?

  • All files must be in the .stl format. Images are usually in a different format. However, the Studio can help you learn how to do it yourself!

I have a CT scan of a skull. Can you print it?

  • Probably. If it's an .stl, we can definitely try.

Do you have something you'd like to replicate? The Studio offers 3D scanning for objects roughly the size of a 8 in. cube.

Ready to try designing your own object? The Studio can help you get started.

Here are some of our favorite programs:


  • A great place to get started if you've never done any 3D modeling before

Web-based and free, but you will need an account

  • A move advanced program for people looking for something more robust
  • Often used in Interior Design
  • Available on Studio Computers.

If you're interested in starting to learn 3D modeling to make your own designs, Studio is happy to help you. Just make an appointment here