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 three 3D printers.
How large of an object can I print?
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.
What materials do you provide?
We primarily use two types of filament: recyclable PLA plastic, and NinjaFlex flexible filament.
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.