3D printing is an additive manufacturing process (also called rapid prototyping) in which a three-dimensional object is built by laying down successive layers of thin material.
Our printers use PLA (polylactic acid), which is a biodegradable plant-based bioplastic usually made from corn or sugarcane. PLA is very strong, although thin pieces or connections can be brittle. PLA is BPA free but not food-grade, so please don’t print anything you plan to eat or drink from!
Our printers can print objects up to 11.2 x 6 x 6.1 in. (285 x 153 x 155 mm). If you wish to print something larger, we recommend dividing your model into parts that can be fitted together. If you would like a more permanent fitting, PLA does work well with superglue and other adhesives.
Color availability will change as we restock filament. Check with 3D printing staff to see what we have at the moment.
The NDSU Libraries' 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the Libraries' 3D printers to create material that is:
- prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- in violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
See NDSU's copyright policy for more information.
We have four MakerBot Replicator 2 printers. MakerBots are consumer-level 3D printers. For more information, see the manufacturer's details.
Yes, we’d be happy to work with you to schedule a class workshop. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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