3D Printing

Key Info

  • Free for class projects, small fee for personal projects
  • Turnaround time varies
  • See the 3D printing guide for more info
Available at: 
Available to: 
  • Students
  • Faculty & Staff

What is 3D Printing?

3D Printing is the process of converting a 3D Model into a solid, three dimensional object. The primary type of 3D printing used in the Makerspace is the extrusion of molten plastic through the print head and deposited, layer on layer, to create the object. We also offer limited resin printing. Check out the library guide on 3D printing for more information.

Creating for a 3D printer

3D printers can help you make unique creations, prototype ideas, and solve problems. Print anything from a sculpture to a tool. You can also use 3D scanning to create an object to 3D print. Need inspiration? Check out Thingiverse or Make Magazine for some cool projects. If you have an idea but don’t quite know how to make it happen, contact Hannah Pope to get started. We also offer a variety of software options to help you out!

Types of 3D printers available

The Makerspace currently has two types of 3D printers! We have Ultimaker 3/s5 and a Formlabs 3.

Ultimaker 3

Ultimaker 3

The Ultimaker 3 is a small-sized desktop printer that uses PLA and ABS plastic, as well as metal and wood filament. It can print sizes up to 8.5 × 8.5 × 7.9 inches. The Ultimaker 3 is a much less expensive option and will be a good choice for most average applications.

Ultimaker s5

The Ultimaker s5 is a large-sized desktop printer that uses PLA and ABS plastic. It can print sizes up to 13 × 9.4 × 11.8 inches. The Ultimaker s5 is a much less expensive option and will be a good choice for most larger, average applications.

FormLabs Resin Printer

The FormLabs 3 is a medium-sized desktop printer that uses SLA printing with liquid resin. It can print up to  5.7 × 5.7 × 7.3 inches. The FormLabs 3 is a more expensive option and will be a good choice for more durable applications with usable parts.

Try it out!

If you would like to try out this service, here are the steps involved:

  1. Fill out our online 3D printing form. Be sure to submit both the form and your STL file.
  2. The person in charge of 3D printing will check your file to make sure it is formatted properly, then process your order. The Inspire Maker Lab will also contact you if there is an issue with your print.
  3. You will be notified via phone or email when your print job is complete.
  4. Pick up your print from the Technology Checkout Desk anytime it is open.

Please note: Turn around time for this procedure varies.

Payment terms: We accept AppCards for payment if using the FormLabs Resin Printer or for personal prints.

3D Modeling software

TinkercadRhinocerosMeshlab, Fusion 360, and Blender among others.

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Find Out More about Our 3D Printing Service

  • The 3D Print Order Form has detailed guidelines for submitting a file to be printed.
  • You may stop by the Makerspace when it is open to get answers to your questions. See our webpage for hours of operation. 

Need help with 3D printing or design? Hannah Pope can be reached by phone (828-262-2823) or email (popehl@appstate.edu).