Printing on the 3D Printer

Rodney A. Briggs Library has installed a Stratasys uPrint SE 3D printer. Printing is available to all University students, faculty and staff and community members. 

This technology was purchased by  Student Technology Fee.  

3D Print Frequently Asked Questions

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3D Print Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of format should my file be for 3D printing?

Files that have the extension .stl are the most common format and work well with UMM's 3D printer. Most CAD programs can export files as .stl

What is the cost for 3D printing?

We follow a cost recovery model and charge $4.50/inchof material used. There is a minimum charge of $5.00 for all print jobs below 1 inch3. We will contact you with cost prior to printing your file. 

How can I pay for my 3D job?

We accept cash, check (pay to the order of UMM Briggs Library), or department account. Prior to printing, we need the department account number. 

Where can I get 3D files for free?

There are a number of websites that share 3D files. ThingiverseMeshLab and Blender are a few that share 3D files. 

I don't know how to make a 3D model, what should I do?

There are a number of tutorial videos for AutoCAD, 123D Catch, Tinkercad and others. 

What software will allow me to create my own 3D designs?

Any CAD software will allow you to create your own designs. Check out the Research Guide on Cost Effective Software Resources or Ask a Librarian for suggestions. 

I'm not a UMM student, staff or faculty member. Can I still print?

Yes. Community members may submit print jobs with a library card. Stop by the circulation desk to obtain a library card. The cost for 3D printing is the same for community members and students. 

How will I know what my job will cost?

We will contact you prior to printing to confirm the size and cost of your print job. For examples of sizes, time and costs see the picture below. 

Example 3D print options