3D Printing

What we offer

The Resource Lab has a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer for your use. The filament for this printer comes in a variety of colors (purple, white, blue, orange, grey, black, tan, red, green) and is PLA, a biodegradable 3D filament. The printer uses .stl files to print.

How to get started

You can find and download 3D files from websites such as Thingiverse, or make them yourself using 3D modeling software like Google Sketchup. Once you know what you want to print, come to the Resource Lab during our hours of operation (1pm-5pm on weekdays) and sit at the computer directly to the right of the 3D printer.

  • From here, open MakerBot Print (the black M at the bottom of the screen), and drag your .stl file directly on to the build plate, where it should orient itself to lay flat.
    • If you want to change the filament color that is loaded in the printer, ask the Resource Lab student worker for assistance.
  • When you’re ready, hit “print” and select the Makerbot Replicator (it should say “idle”). The printer will start heating up, and then will begin printing. We recommend watching the print closely during the first 10-15 minutes of printing; it is common for prints to fail to adhere to the print bed at the beginning. If you see this happening, just cancel the print, clear the print bed, and start again.

If you need help, you can always ask the Resource Lab student on shift.  The final cost for the 3D print will be based upon the item’s weight.