3D Printer

Photo of self-serve 3D printers in third floor studio area of Gund Hall.

3D printers allow for almost any geometry to be made into a physical object. The GSD facilitates FDM printing with PLA and polyjet printing with UV-cured resins of different durometer, color, and transparency.

Users must prepare printable, water-tight STL files. The self-serve Dremel printers require users also produce GCode using a slicing engine of their choosing. For beginners we recommend using the cloud based slicer within 3dPrintOS. 3D Printing Technical Assistants are available for consult and support at every stage of the process, including evaluating part design for print technology compatibility and related considerations.

Users must cover the cost of the materials used, by either purchasing their own PLA for use in the self-serve FDM machines, being billed for filament usage on the Billable FDM machines, or by being billed for any parts printed on the equipment operated by Lab staff. Cost per gram on the Billable FDM machines is $0.03. Cost for model material on the Objet is $0.25 and $0.10 for support material. While there may be wait times when the semester is busy, costs and turn-around times are generally better than would be found commercially.

Like other areas of the Lab, access is limited to faculty and staff of the GSD, and students enrolled in courses offered at the GSD. In addition to the training required for all Lab users, individuals making use of the 3D printers must complete additional online training. See the Training Portal page for more information.