J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

3D Printing at the Library

Funded in part by a C2E2 Grant (Century II Endowed Equipment Fund) , the Van Pelt and Opie Library is making available to current faculty, staff, and students at Michigan Tech the ability to teach, learn, experiment, and explore using a Type A Machines Series 1 3D printer.

Follow the steps below to schedule your 3D printing session with us, today. 

Step 1—Create your 3D model

Please ensure your 3D model meets the following printer-specific requirements:

  • Size—Your model must fit within the printer's build-space: 305mm x 305mm x 305mm.
  • Density—To reduce your costs, we recommend your model be hollow, where possible.
  • File Format—Your 3D model file must be saved in STL (.stl) format. It is important that your file be saved in millimeters

Step 2—Submit your model for a pre-flight check

Please submit your model at least 1 week in advance of your anticipated print date. Although we cannot guarantee specific dates, we make every effort to accommodate a patron's request when models are submitted well in advance of the required date.

Once you submit your 3D model file (.stl file) to us electronically, we will test it for potential printing problems, such as overhangs and joint issues. The consultant will then contact you with a report on the viability of your build and the approximate time to complete the print. Please note that you may be required to make adjustments to your model at this stage. Once your model file has been validated and approved, we will work with you to schedule a print time. You are expected to monitor the build process of your print. 

Email your 3D model (.stl file) to 3dlibrary@mtu.edu 

Step 3—Schedule your 3D print

On the day you scheduled to print, library staff will meet you at the 3D printer on the second floor of the library (across from room 201b) to assist you in beginning the printing process, and answer any questions you may have about the supplies and pricing.

Once the print begins, it is your responsibility to manage/monitor the print throughout the entire process.

Email us at 3dlibrary@mtu.edu to schedule your 3D print session