Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) plastic printers are available for student, staff, and faculty use. The printers are located against the south wall of the Knowledge Commons on Level 2. Users may bring in their own filament, provided it is 3mm PLA, HTPLA, PLA+, or PETG filament. Users are discouraged from printing with ABS, nylon, wood, or exotic filaments. If you would like to work with these materials please reach out to us at our mailing list: email@example.com.
The Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printers in the Knowledge Commons are pre-loaded with Library-owned PLA filament. This material can be used by students, faculty, or staff at a cost of $0.04 per gram of material used. Once the print is complete, users can weigh the print using the nearby scale and pay for the print at the Reserve Desk on level 2.
To start a print
- Log into the 3D printing Mac computer using your uNID and CIS password.
- Launch Cura Lulzbot Edition from the dock.
- When prompted by the software, choose "TAZ 6", then "single extruder", then "standard extruder v2.1".
- Import a design file in .STL format.
- Select "All" from the material ease-of-use dropdown, and "eSUN PLA" from the Material dropdown. This will set temperatures for the pre-loaded filament.
- Rotate, scale, and position the design so that the flat side is down and the print is centered on the build surface (see 3DHubs guide below for more information on design requirements for 3D printing).
- Use the "Print support structure" checkbox to select whether or not to generate support material.
- Preview your print by changing the view button at the top right of the screen from "Normal" to "Preview".
- Export your print as "gcode" and save to an SD card (cards are stored in the printers, just to the left of the LCD menu/screen).
- Put the SD card into the printer, and choose "Print from SD" using the dial/push button.
- Select your .gcode file and watch the printer go to work. The printer will begin the auto-calibration routine which cleans the nozzle of any debris and touches each corner of the bed to establish a level printing surface.
- When the print is completed, wait for the print bed to cool, and remove your print. If you need a print-removal spatula, check out a 3D printing tool-kit from the Student Computing Services desk.
This 3DHubs.com guide provides a detailed description of FFF printing, and can answer most questions users might have.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 3DHubs.com 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.)
$5 per cubic inch ($1 per object minimum), treated with:
- Epsom salt solution
- ColorBond ($5 per cubic inch)
$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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