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3D Printing

Do-It-Yourself Printing

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 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 PLA filament by the foot at the Reserve desk on Level 2, or bring your own spool of filament. If you're new to 3D printing, 3.0mm PLA or PETG is recommended, and is sold by many online retailers.

There is no cost to use the printers, but users must supply their own filament or purchase it from the Library Store.

A ProJet 160 is available but requires a 20-minute orientation. For questions related to 3D Printing, 3D scanning, 3D models, or to schedule a consultation with a 3D printing specialist, please send an email to

A complete equipment listing, including 3D printers, is available on the Creative Spaces website.

Attend a Free Workshop

Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm - 3D printing

Come learn how to use the Library's 3D by identifying a "printable" model, "slicing" the model to prepare it for printing, loading filament and performing basic calibration.

Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm - 3D modeling

In this workshop learn basic design techniques using 3D design software. This workshop is intended as an introduction to modeling for 3D printing.

Thursday 2:00-3:00pm - Virtual Reality

Come learn about the Library's offerings on virtual reality technology and software, including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Microsoft Hololens.

Printing Service

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to learn to use the Library's 3D printers by attending a workshop and consulting documentation for individual printers. Paid printing is available to University of Utah students, staff, and faculty. Models must be a single water-tight mesh in .STL format. Please consult the guide for more information about design requirements.

Once your model is ready to go, bring the completed STL file to the Knowledge Commons desk on a flash drive and staff will walk you through the submission process. The minimum turnaround time is 2 business days, but large prints or prints with several builds will likely take longer. You will be e-mailed when your job is complete and ready for pickup. Costs are as follows: (These prices do not affect DIY printing. If you bring your filament and set up your own print jobs there is no charge.)

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


Estimating print costs

To estimate costs on the powder printer,calculate the volume in inches and multiply by $5.00. You can also estimate the cost of a plastic print by importing the .STL file into Cura Lulzbot Edition (free, available on Windows and Mac) and reviewing print time and material weight.


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Thomas Ferrill
Assistant Head, Creative Spaces

 Last Modified 2/28/17