3D Printing

Turn your 2D ideas into 3D reality.

Safety

3D printers are available to all students, faculty, and staff upon completion of an authorization workshop. Printer nozzles can reach temperatures upwards of 240 degrees Celsius, so be cautious to avoid burns. Supervision is not required for the duration of use.

Our 3D Printers

Lulzbot Mini

  • Uses 3mm filament, and can print ABS, PLA, and many other filament types
  • 6″ x 6″ x 6.2″ print bed
  • Best for fast prototyping and simple shapes
  • Uses Cura Lulzbot Edition for slicing and interfacing

Prusa i3 MK2S

  • Uses 1.75mm filament, and works best using PLA
  • 9.84″ x 8.3″ x 8″ print bed
  • Higher resolution than the Lulzbot Mini, but longer print times
  • Uses Slic3r Prusa Edition or Ultimaker Cura for slicing, and has an LED screen for interfacing

Formlabs Form2

  • SLA Resin printer
  • 5.7″  x 5.7″ x 6.9″ print bed
  • Highest resolution and detail, but smallest print volume
  • Uses PreForm for slicing and interfacing

Provided Materials and Software

Available Materials

  • 1.75mm PLA for Prusa i3 MK2S
  • 3.00mm PLA and ABS for Lulzbot Mini
  • Clear, Black, Grey resins for Form2

 

Material color and availability varies with usage. We recommend Inland and eSUN brands on Amazon if you’d like to bring in your own filaments. Speak to an IRL employee about changing resin cartridges in the Form2.

Software

 

All four programs are installed on all lab computers. All four are also free to download and compatible with both Mac and PC for at-home usage.

Machine Instructions

If you need a refresher after your workshop, visit our Machine Instructions page for workshop syllabi.

Overnight 3D Printing

In order to keep our 3D printers available for daytime use, we request that students submit any prints longer than 3 hours to us for overnight printing.

 

As a reminder, the IRL is not a print shop, and overnight prints occur as a courtesy to students. We cannot guarantee successful prints every time due to the finicky nature of 3D printing. Please submit any homework assignments as early as possible to ensure you get your project done in time.

 

Note: We will only fulfill your overnight print request if it exceeds 3 hours of printing time. In addition, we can’t print anything larger than the bed sizes of our printers, so check that before you submit. 

Send us your overnight prints here.