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Digital Fabrication Lab

Two of the printers here at the lab, a Replicator 2 and a PrusaMk2

The NDSU Libraries provide 3D printing as a drop-off service at the Main Library for NDSU students, staff, and faculty.  3D printing is an additive manufacturing process in which a three-dimensional object is built by laying down successive layers of thin material.

If this is your first time 3D printing with NDSU Libraries, we highly recommend coming to the 3D printing desk in the Main Library during open hours. If you have any questions, please email us at

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Digital Fabrication


Current Semester Hours. Times are subject to change.

Monday-Thursday 10:00AM- 6:00 PM

Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM



Contact Information


Phone: 701-231-9746

Location: Main Library 121


Print Cost


The cost to 3D print is $0.25 per gram, with a minimum of $5 per job submitted. An estimate will be calculated prior to starting print, but may not reflect the final charge. Payment will be made at Circulation Desk.

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:
  • in violation of NDSU policies.
  • prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
  • 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 reserve the right to deny any print job.


Safety Protocols

Like all campus labs, we follow safety protocols. We want to be sure that you and our other guests work in a safe environment.  All NDSU campus wide policies are enforced in the lab as well as few that are unique to the space.  Creating a culture of safety in our digital fabriaction lab is every community member's responsibility.

Eligible Users: All Faculty, Staff, and currently enrolled students may use the Digital Fabrication Lab.

  • Eye Protection must be worn when necessary. If another member is using a tool requiring eye protection, you will be asked to do so as well.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the Digital Fabrication Lab.
  • Wear appropriate footwear, no open toe shoes.
  • Hair, jewelry, and loose fitting clothing need to be secured prior to entering area
  • Outside chemicals and materials need to be cleared with the Emerging Technologies Coordinator before use.
  • Impairment: Do not work in the shop when sleep deprived, on medication that influences your judgement or dexterity, or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Use the right tool for the right job. Do not modify tools or use them in unintended ways. Doing so may result in being asked to leave or losing access.
  • Clean up work areas after you are done.
  • Never Dispose of Chemicals in the standard trash or by dumping them into sink or floor drains.
  • We do not currently allow for storage of personal material, equipment, or projects. 

The list provided is a general overview of safety requirements. You may be asked to follow rules not listed dependent on project or task.  We ask that if you are unsure of how to use a machine, tool, or complete a task, please ask the supervisor on duty.  We are here to help and we may have a better solution or campus resource. Understand you may be told a project or procedure may be deemed unsafe for the space or for other occupants, and turned away.  We reserve the right to deny access or use of resources.


We do not allow reproduction, duplication, or matters of infringement of existing Copyright, Patents, or Trademarks. This includes the NDSU Bison Athletics logo and the likes of others.



3D Printers


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3D Pens



       We have six 3Doodler Create pen kits available

       Each kit includes:

  • 3Doodler Create pen
  • power adapter
  • quick start guide
  • plastic/filament (PLA, ABS, and Flexy)
  • nozzle set
  • doodle pad
  • project book



We are currently carrying PLA and nGen materials, as well as some Pro-PLA.

  • Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a plant-based bioplastic derived from corn (US) or sugarcane (rest of world). PLA is a very stiff but brittle plastic and does not withstand high temperatures or long-term humidity. PLA is compostable on the industrial scale and is currently being used for every-day products such as sports areana beverage cups, yogurt cups, as well as some baby products.
    • Technical data can be found here: Link
  • nGen is a co-polyester made from Eastman Amphora AM3300 polymer. nGen has a high temperature tolerance and is durable.
    • Technical data can be found here: Link
  • Pro-PLA is an advanced form of PLA which provides higher impact strength over ABS, as well as rivalling ABS's heat resistance. Pro-PLA can be post-annealed which will give it it's higher heat resistance.
    • Technical data can be found here: Link