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 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.
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.
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.