J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

3D Printing at the Library

Funded in part by multiple C2E2 Grants (Century II Endowed Equipment Fund), the Van Pelt and Opie Library is providing 3D printing orientation and training available to current students, faculty, and staff at Michigan Tech.

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

Please note that we do not allow unattended or overnight prints.

Step 1—Create your 3D model

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

  • File Format— Your 3D model file must be saved in STL (.stl) format. 
  • Size—Your model must fit within the printer's build-space:
  • Scale/Density/Wall Thickness—We can change multiple variables of your design before we print with the slicer Cura.

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

Check us out at the 3D printers on the second floor of the library behind the wide format scanner and poster printer (across from room 201b) during our scheduled time and we will assist you with the printing process, and answer any questions you may have about the variety of printers, tools, and filaments.

2020 Spring semester 3D Print schedule start times
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.)

Although there is no monetary cost we do require you to be here for an orientation at the start of the print as well as support with monitoring your print for the entire duration, so please make sure you have ample time to check on the printer periodically (usually, once per half-hour is sufficient).  

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

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Schedule your print time here.

Please allow at least 24 hours advance notice when scheduling your print.