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3D Printing: General

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What is 3D Printing? 
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.

What equipment and materials do you use?
The UT Health San Antonio Library has a Makerbot Replicator (Fifth Generation), located on the third floor of the Briscoe Library. Our machine prints objects up to 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 inches in a variety of single colors.
The printer uses plant-based, recyclable PLA plastic. PLA does not contain BPA and no safety concerns have been raised about using it with food.

Who can use this service? 
The 3D print service is available for use by students, faculty, researchers, and mentors affiliated with UT Health San Antonio. During the initial testing period, print jobs will be provided for free while supplies last. In the future, there will be a charge for printing to cover the supply costs and print time. 

How often can I print? 
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.


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Submit Your File

 You will be notified via email when your job is completed or if we have any questions. All printed objects must be picked up at the Circulation Desk within 5 business days of printing. 

If your file is larger than 5MB, please indicate this on the submission form.