3D Printing 

3D Printing

PLA filament is available to FSE students for class assignments using lab fees approved by your instructor. Please fill out a Print Submission Form with details about your class and instructor. Personal projects are permitted however you will have to provide your own filament for the project. When filling out a Print Submission Form you will be able to identify whether or not this is a FSE related project or a personal one.

Please drop off filament after you have submitted your projects through the online form.

Processing Times

On average our processing time is 3-5 business days from when we recieve your print request. However, this varies greatly depending on the size of your project and the current length of the print queue. Please contact us for a more accurate timeframe.

 

  • Print requests from students as a class project take priority (i.e. FSE100)
  • 3D printing is in huge demand during finals and the print queue often fills up two weeks in advance. Please submit your print request at least 10 days before it’s due.
  • Please allow at least one day for an email response.

Filament

We provide filament only to students currently in FSE classes and using our lab for an FSE class project. If your print request is for a research project, club, or a personal project outside of class we require you to provide your own filament. Please bring in your spool of filament after you have submitted your print request through the online form.

Although we currently only offer PLA, ABS, TPU, Nylon, and Nylon X filament for use on our 3D printers, there are many other options available for use at our lab. However, any special requests for materials will have to be brought in for use if we currently do not have them in stock.

 

Please be sure to bring in the correct diameter filament for each printer:

  • Our Ultimaker S5 printers require 2.85mm filament
  • Our Prusa I3 MK3s+ printers require 1.75mm filament
  • Our Stratasys Mojo uses only proprietary ABS filament

The following link provides a good rundown of the most commonly used types of filament and their best uses:

 Types of 3D Printing Materials

ALL PRINT SUBMISSIONS ARE SUBJECT TO REJECTION. 

Examples: boxes, flat sheets, shafts, and tiny threading. 

 

Please contact us with any questions

Available 3D Printers

Ultimaker s5

Ultimaker s5

8 available
Build Volume: 330 x 240 x 300 mm (13 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches)
Material: PLA, and PVA support materials for FSE prints

Prusas I3 MK3S+

Prusas I3 MK3S+

12 available
Build Volume: 25 x 21 x 21cm (9.84 x 8.3 x 8.3 in)
Material: PLA

Stratasys Mojo

Stratasys Mojo

1 available
Build Volume: 5.0 x 5.0 x 5.0 in
Material: ABS Black
Layer Thickness: .17 mm (.007 in)

1

Prepare File Details

  • Every file should be submitted with a separate form
  • One part per file – multiple parts on a file cannot be manipulated independently
  • Please provide infill percentage desired
  • Please make sure measurements are correct and provided.
2

Submit Form

Go to the 3D Print Submission form, including all the details you prepared in Step 1.

PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THAT THE FORM IS FILLED OUT CORRECTLY, WHAT IS SUBMITTED IS WHAT WILL BE PRINTED.

 

3

Wait for Pick-up Email

If providing your own filament, please bring it in now.

When you receive an email stating your project is ready, feel free to stop by any time during our business hours.

 

Policies, terms and conditions

  • All files MUST be ready to print; any last-minute changes or edits will require the student to complete these changes on their own, then return when changes are completed. Lab assistants will not make any changes to your files.
  • Submit files in .STL format. Lab Assistants will not convert files for students.
  • Each individual piece of a model must be in its own file. For example, if a model consists of six parts then we should receive six files from the student. The only exception are duplicates. Example (needing 3 each of the same exact piece).
  • The 3D print lab will print the submitted project after receiving approval from an FSE instructor or by the student for their personal project.
  • Projects will be printed on the first available 3D printer in the lab.
  • Reprints are not permitted if the project breaks due to bad design or physics; we will reprint the project after you made corrections to the design.
  • Depending on the print queue, projects may take 2-10 business days before completed. We will provide an estimate of how long it will take to complete your project but there is no guarantee whether or not it will be completed by that time. Be prepared for possible delays in the printing process.
  • Some builds may require the student to split the part into several pieces and piece it together after being printed. Be prepared to assemble your project.
  • Final print may have support material and may require clean up. FSE 3D print lab is not responsible for removing support material. You can remove support material with sand paper, wire cutters or other hand tools. FSE 3D print lab does not loan hand tools to remove support material.
  • No one has permission to use the 3D printer to create material that is:
    • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for University environment.
    • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer is not be used to reproduce material subject to trademark, patent or copyright protection.
  • The lab reserves the right to refuse 3D print request.
  • Only designated FSE student workers and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.