3D printers use digital models to fabricate three dimensional objects one layer at a time. The process has been used in engineering and commercial settings for almost 30 years. Low cost 3D printers, do-it-yourself kits, and open source software are bringing the technology into broader use.
The UT Health San Antonio Library has two 3D printers.
The Makerbot prints objects up to 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 inches, and the TAZ prints objects up to 11.02 x 11.02 x 9.8 inches.
We primarily use two types of filament: recyclable PLA plastic, and NinjaFlex flexible filament. PLA does not contain BPA and no safety concerns have been raised about using it with food.
The 3D print service is available for use by students, faculty, researchers, and mentors affiliated with UT Health San Antonio.
Yes, there is a small fee to cover material costs. The fee is $0.10 per gram for standard PLA and $0.15 per gram for NinjaFlex. Prices are based on the material use estimate generated by our 3D printing software.
Submissions are limited to 3 prints per month, per user, for non-educational and non-medical items. Any request beyond the third will be placed in a queue and held until the following month.