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, and a 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. Both print in a variety of single colors.
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.
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.
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.