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3D printing

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

Due to COVID-19, our 3d printing service is limited. If you want to learn more about printing at the UA Libraries, please reach out to us at 3D@lib.arizona.edu.

*Note that policies at the UA prohibit the production of any kind of weapon. 

What equipment and materials do you use?

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

Ultimaker

The Ultimaker 3 is available at Main Library, 1st floor Information Commons. This 3D printer is an innovative dual extrusion machine with a large build area (215 x 215 x 300 mm), allows you to create high resolution & production quality dual extrusion parts. Filaments available for this printer include: ABS, PLA, TPU (Flexy), PolyCarbonate and Wood. Water soluble supports are available upon request.

Zortrax

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: GLASS, HIPS, and PETG. While the M300 can print objects using the ABS filament types, the objects fail at a higher rate.

Formlabs

For higher resolution & finely detailed objects, we have 3D printers available that use Stereolithography (SLA) technology to build 3D objects. The Formlabs Form2 has a maximum build volume of 145 × 145 × 175 mm, and our Formlabs Form3 printer has a max build volume of 145 x 145 x 185mm. Both print 3d objects using a  liquid resin material. Standard and Engineering grade resins are available. Colors are limited. 

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).

What does it cost?

Material Type 

Cost 

PLA & ABS

$0.10/per gram 

Specialty Filament (HIPS, PETG, GLASS, TPU, WOOD)

$0.15/per gram + $2 set up fee

Formlabs Resin (Standard and Engineering)

$0.25/per mL + $2 set up fee 

Set Up Fees

A $2.00 set up fee will be applied to any job printed with specialty filament or resin.

For those objects printed with regular filament, a $2.00 set up fee may be added to your price quote. This determination is based on: the object's complexity, its build process, and the amount of staff attention needed to complete the job. You will always be contacted with a price quote for any jobs where this set up fee is added.

Please also note that 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.

Where can I get help?

You can prepare your own 3D file for printing and learn how to use the slicing software by visiting CATalyst Maker Studios, located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. A staff member can help you prepare your model for printing and set up the print job. If you are interested in becoming certified to use 3D printers in CATalyst Maker Studios, please visit their events page & sign up for 3D printing user certification workshop.

Please note, CATalyst Maker studios can only accommodate smaller 3D print jobs during their open hours.  If you need to print larger items or require special materials, submit a 3D Printing request to our production service and we will take care of your 3D print for a fee.

Visit our 3D modeling resources page 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

520-621-6442