3D printing

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

Submit a 3D printing request.

What equipment and materials do you use?

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

Ultimaker

The Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker S5 are innovative dual extrusion machines with large build areas (UM3: 200 x 200 x 195 mm & S5: 310 x 220 x 295 mm) that print high resolution, production quality parts. Filaments available for these printers include: ABS, PLA, TPU (Flexy) and PolyCarbonate. Water soluble supports are available upon request.

Prusa

The Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ is the latest iteration of Prusa Research’s original fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine. The MK3S+ has a build volume of 250 x 210 x 210 mm build volume and is known for its excellent and reliable prints. Filaments available for these printers include: PLA and PETG. Learn more about Prusa filament options.

Formlabs

For higher resolution & finely detailed objects, we have 3D printers available that use Stereolithography (SLA) technology to build 3D objects. Formlabs Form3 printer has a max build volume of 145 x 145 x 185mm, printing 3d objects using a liquid resin material. Colors are limited. Note: FormLabs printers use a different technology than other 3D resin printers; because of this we do not suggest submitting pre-supported models for this machine.

Phrozen

The Mega 8K LCD resin printer allows high resolution & fine detail of SLA but with an increased build plate size, 325 x 175 x 375mm. This machine excels at art and display models, with a single color selection and no engineering resins. This machine is the best choice for objects that need to look excellent with minimal mechanical stress.

Learn more about Phrozen Mega 8k resin

Who can use this service?

The service is open to all, but the priority is for UA students, faculty, and staff. Members of the community may submit requests to the Main Library, but the requests may be backlogged during peak use during the semester.

What does it cost?

Material Type 

Cost 

PLA & PETG & ABS

$0.10/per gram 

Specialty Filament (PC, TPU)

$0.15/per gram + $1 set up fee

Formlabs Resin (Standard and Engineering) $0.25/per gram + $1 set up fee
Phrozen 8k Resin (Art) $.10/gram + $1 set up fee

Set Up Fees

A $1.00 set up fee will be applied to any job printed with specialty filament or resin or that requires special handling.

For those objects printed with regular filament, a $1.00 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.

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.

Payment

For students faculty, and staff, we add the charges to your library account, for members of the community, we’ll send a generic login you can use to pay.

What is the turnaround time?

Printing times vary based on size, complexity, and any backlog. If requested, 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 sign up for a 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 OSCR Zone to answer software questions.

Contact us

3D@lib.arizona.edu

520-621-6442