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3D Printing

LulzBot TAZ 4 printerDo-It-Yourself Printing

Two LuzBot TAZ 4 plastic printers are available for student, staff, and faculty use, located against the south wall of the Knowledge Commons on Level 2. You can purchase ABS or PLA filament by the foot at the Reserve desk on Level 2, or bring your own spool of filament in. See the DIY 3D printing guide for some basic instructions on getting started with the TAZ 4 printers.

For questions related to 3D Printing, or to schedule a consultation with a 3D printing specialist, please send an email to

Printing Service

Paid printing is available to University of Utah students, staff, and faculty on either a ProJet 160 powder-based printer or a LulzBot Taz 4 plastic printer (ABS plastic). To print, first review your model using the 3D printing guide to ensure that it is ready to print. If you need assistance with this process, please email to schedule a consultation.

Once your model is ready to go, bring the completed STL file to the SCS desk on a flash drive and SCS staff will walk you through the submission process. The minimum turnaround time is 2 business days. However, depending on the current print volume, the wait may be longer. You will be e-mailed when your job is complete and ready for pickup.

Powder printing

$5 per cubic inch ($1 per object minimum), treated with:

  • Epsom salt solution
  • ColorBond ($5 per cubic inch)

Plastic printing

$3 setup fee per build
+ 4¢ per gram of weight (material cost)
+ 50¢ per hour of print time


Left: Powder print, 8" long, $46.90 treated with Epsom salt solution. Right: Plastic print after removal of support material, $18.11. Model source: XYZ RGB Inc., from the Stanford 3D Scanning Repository.

3D Scanning

A NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner, allowing you to create a 3D model from a physical object, is available for use in the Knowledge Commons. Visit the SCS desk to get started, or see the 3D scanning guide for more details.


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Thomas Ferrill
Interim Assistant Head, Creative Spaces

 Last Modified 11/11/15