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Library Makerspace

The Library Makerspace is temporarily closed to walk-in use while the campus is closed due to Covid-19. We look forward to seeing you again when it is safe to do so.

About 3D printing

Here are some quick facts about 3D printing in the Library Makerspace. 

  • Printer: Makerbot Replicator +
  • Print bed dimensions / Build Volume:  

    29.5 L X 19.5 W X 16.5 H CM
    [11.6 X 7.6 X 6.5 IN]

    9,492 Cubic Centimeters
    [573 Cubic Inches]

  • Type of plastic: Our machines only use PLA (polylactic acid) which is a strong, starch-based plastic
  • Plastic color: Varies based on availability
  • File types accepted: .MAKERBOT .stl or .obj files
  • Material Diameter:  1.75mm per layer. 
  • Cost:  $2.00 for the first hour of print job and $1.00 each hour after

Getting started with Makerbot

How to Use the Makerbot 3D Printer

3D printers allow the user to print three-dimensional physical objects by layering plastic material.

Do not touch the Makerbot as it is printing. Please contact the Student Help Desk with questions..

Accessing the Makerbot

  • Use the computer to the right of the 3D printer which is connected to the 3D printer. Or find your file and bring it on a USB drive to the station that’s hooked up to the printer.

Finding a Design 

  • The files needed by the Makerbot 3D printer are .stl files. Only use this type.
  1. Look online for whichever design you would like to have printed. A good place to start would be which has free user made designs. 
  2. Thingiverse can have many files for one design, some of which are not necessary. Go to “Thing Files” below the pictures listed of the design and carefully choose the exact files to download. Do not click on “Download All Files” unless you actually want to print everything.
  3. These files also have pictures listed in the design’s gallery. If you click on the photo of the .stl file in the gallery and then click on “Thingiview” in the top right of the photo, you will get an accurate model of what that piece of the design looks like. 

Using Makerbot Print

  1. Once you have your .stl file downloaded (You may have to right click and hit “Unzip” for some files) open up the “Makerbot Print” app to pull up the interface.
  2. Go to the project panel in the top left, Select “Add Model” and then select the .stl file(s) that you would like to print. 
  3. If you want to print multiple things at the same time go to “Add models” and find other .stl files for your design or other designs. These designs can all be adjusted to fit onto the building plate.
  4. Click on the object you would like to adjust and then go to “Scale” on the right-hand side of the screen. Adjust however you like. You may continue this process with all your designs. (Note: many small items will take just as long as 1 large item.)
  5. Use the “Estimate and Print Preview” button in the top right corner to see how long your project will take.
  6. Once you have all your files and settings correct hit Start on the Makerbot Print app and then press start on the printer to begin the job.

Additional Information

  • If you’d like to have your design(s) to have multiple colors contact a Student Help Desk worker.
  • The colors will only change the layers in which the object is built, not specific parts.
  • After you have printed your design you can print it again if no one else is waiting to use the 3D printer.
  • Press the knob down on the Makerbot over “Print Again.”

Safety first!

When printing, the filament is hot. Please do not reach into the printing area when the 3D printer is printing. If you have questions or safety concerns, please contact the Student Help Desk.

What is 3D printing?

Full instructions

Full Makerbot Replicator instructions are available.

3D Printer Picture

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