3D printing

See our 3D printers in action and learn more about our 3D printing service.

What equipment and materials do you use?

We have a variety of 3D Printers across our libraries.

Zortrax M200 printers are available at both the Main Library (first floor) and Health Sciences Library. All of the machines have a maximum build volume of 200 x 200 x 180 mm and use regular filament types: Z-ABS and Z-ULTRAT. This printer can also use speciality filaments to print, including Z-ASA Pro,Z-GLASS, Z-PETG, and Z-HIPS.

For your large format printing needs, the Library has a Zortrax M300, with a maximum build volume of 300mm x 300mm x 300mm. The M300 prints best using the following speciality filaments: Z-GLASS, Z-HIPS, and Z-PETG. While the M300 can print objects using Z-ABS and Z-ULTRAT filament types, they have a higher failure rate.

To learn more about our Zortrax filament options, consult the full materials guide

Our 3D Printing service also has a Lulzbot TAZ 5 that is extremely versatile. The filaments available for this printer (specialty tier only) include: ABS, High Temperature, NinjaFlex, Nylon, PLA, Polyester/Co-Poly, SemiFlex, Stainless Steel PLA, T-GLASE & Woodfill.  

To learn more about our Lulzbot filament options, consult the full materials guide

Who can use this service?

Priority is for UA students, faculty, and staff. Non UA-affiliates may submit requests to the Main Library, but they may be backlogged during peak use during the semester.

UA affiliates and Banner employees may submit requests to the Health Sciences Library (specify this as your pickup location when submitting your 3D printing request).

Submit a 3D printing request. Note that policies at the UA prohibit the production of any kind of weapon. 

What does it cost?

Regular (Z-ABS/Z-ULTRAT): $.10 cents per gram of material used, $1.01 minimum 

Specialty* (ALL OTHER FILAMENTS): $.15 cents per gram of material used plus a $2.00 set up fee**

Depending on the object's complexity, its build process, and the amount of staff attention needed to complete the job, your object may fall under the Specialty pricing tier. In these cases, a $2.00 set up fee will be added to your price quote. You will ALWAYS be contacted with a price quote for any jobs where this set up fee is added. 

*Some objects printed on the Taz5 and Zortrax M200 with Regular filament may be charged the $2 set up fee based on the objects complexity and printability.

**A set up fee will apply to each file that must be created in order to print your objects. If your request contains multiple objects, we will combine as many objects onto the same build plate while still maintaining print integrity

Charges are added to your library account and must be paid prior to pick up. Non UA-Affiliates will be given a generic login to pay using My Library Account- Community User.

What is the turnaround time?

Printing times vary based on size, complexity, and any backlog. Once you submit your request, we will contact you within two business days with an approximate turnaround time. To best accommodate large orders, please contact us 4-6 weeks prior to your "need by" date at 3D@lib.arizona.edu. For instructors, please contact us at the beginning of the semester so we can coordinate the best time for
your class to submit their projects.

You can work on your job in real-time by visiting the iSpace in Science Engineering Library. A staff member will help you set up your file and print the job while you wait for it to print. Please note, we can only accommodate 3D print jobs requested during an in-person iSpace visit that will take less than 2 hours to complete. 

Where can I get help?

Visit our 3D modeling resources for modeling software, design libraries, and tutorials.

Consultants from the Office of Student Computing Resources are available in the Multimedia Zone (Main Library, first floor) to answer software questions.

Contact us

3D@lib.arizona.edu