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3D Printing: General

Get started with 3D printing


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 two 3D printers.

  • Makerbot Replicator (Fifth Generation), located in the HUB
  • LulzBot TAZ 6

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.

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.

Is there a fee? 
As of July 1st, 2017, there is now a charge for printing, to cover costs. The fee is $0.10 per gram for standard PLA and $0.15 per gram for NinjaFlex. Each print will be weighed for accurate pricing.

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.

Creative Technologies Librarian

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.