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 and the complexity of your print, this usually takes anywhere from one day to one week -- and sometimes longer.
- Mosaic Palette 2
- MakerGear M2 x 2
- Prints up to 203 x 232 x 203 mm
- MakerGear M3 x1
- This did not turn how it looks like on my computer
- 3D printing is fast prototyping and requires control over several variables such as printer type, filament type, temperature, .STL model quality. Therefore every print is slightly different and one or more of these factors will impact the perfect print.
- How much does it cost?
- Once your object is complete, we weigh 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 will still weigh it in front of you before you pay.
- Why did my multicolor print cost so much?
- The Mosaic Palette helps the printer transition between multiple colors during a print by expunging filament into a filament tile block. If your object has four different color and many places where the color transitions the more the printer will expunge. This can lead to very high cost for a small multicolor print
- Can I watch my print?
- We cannot schedule prints at specific times. The printers are in the Studio though, and you are 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 will 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 cannot mix colors. However, if you want it in blue and red, make an appointment and we'll talk about how to set that up.
- 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!
- How will this print?
- Each 3D print is different and while we can not say before printing if the object will print some objects do produce better results. Please look below at some example prints
- Examples of “good” and “bad” prints
- I have a CT scan of a skull. Can you print it?
- Probably. If it is a .stl, we can definitely try.