3D Printers

You can use our 3D printing equipment and supplies for a variety of creative projects. To get started, walk in during our open hours or make an appointment (select “3D Printing”).

3D Modeling

3D modeling through a software program allows designers to create 3D representations of surfaces and objects. 3D modeling is used in the humanities and sciences alike, as a skill in and of itself, and to support greater learning initiatives across disciplines.  

Check out the following software options—they can all be used to design and prepare your object. 

3D Printing

Like the rest of the equipment in our spaces, the 3D printers are available to all students, faculty, and staff for personal and academic projects.

The Makery staff can help you turn your vision and design into a tangible object using our 3D printers. Design or download your object file. We’ll use a program called Cura to convert that design file to a set of instructions that tell the 3D printer what to do.

The Makery has Fuse Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers, which are the most common type.  We supply PLA filament and assistance with setting up the print.

More Information

Build Volumes

This describes the maximum size that can physically be printed, and is represented as “length x width x height” (or: x, y, z).  Note that materials supply, equipment availability, and/or time constraints may effectively limit the size of your print as much or more than the printer’s physical capacity.

  • Ultimaker S3: 9 x 7.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Ultimaker S5: 13 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches

Filament Types

We offer free 3D printing in PLA almost exclusively, and this is currently the only filament type you should assume we have in stock.  Projects requiring other filament types will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, are typically reserved for faculty projects, will require more planning with our staff, and you may need to supply the filament yourself.  The majority of our patrons’ projects are well-served by PLA.

PLA (polylactic acid) is the most commonly used filament at The Makeries and can produce strong, high-resolution prints. Note that finished prints will warp if exposed to high heat (i.e., left inside a hot car), and are too porous to be considered water-proof or foodsafe.

Finishing a Print

We DO NOT remove support structure from prints started by patrons. 

Removal of PLA support structures can be done using either pliers or tweezers. If there are rough patches on the model after removal, sandpaper can be used to achieve a smoother finish. We have these tools available for your use in The Makery.

We have a large variety of acrylic paints available if you’d like to paint your prints.

3D Printing Resources