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Welcome to the 3D Printing Studio

The IDEA Lab at the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center offers 3D printing services in our 3D Studio. We invite you to explore the technology available and learn about the process of placing a print request. Scroll below to place your request at the bottom of the page. Visit us in person in room 053 on the lower level of Grainger!
Printers

Original Prusa i3 MK3S+
The 3D Studio hosts three Prusa i3 MK3S+ printers. These each have a maximum build volume of 250 x 210 x 210 mm (9.84 x 8.3 x 8.3 in). The print surface is a magnetic heatbed with removable PEI spring steel sheets. The Prusa printers accept filament that is 1.75 mm in diameter. Supported materials include a wide range of thermoplastics: PLA, PETG, ASA, ABS, PC (Polycarbonate), CPE, PVA/BVOH, PVB, HIPS, PP (Polypropylene), Flex, nGen, Nylon, Carbon filled, Woodfill and other filled materials. Our nozzles are the Prusa default size, 0.4 mm in diameter. The nozzle can reach a maximum of 300 °C, while the hotbed reaches 120 °C. All Prusa printers require SD cards as print medium.

 

LulzBot TAZ 5
The TAZ 5 printers are our longest-standing machines. We have three of them in the Studio. These boast a print volume of 20,500 cubic cm (1238 cubic in). They feature a heated borosilicate glass bed covered with PEI print surface, and hot end nozzles that also reach 300 °C. Capable materials include ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, and more. Accepted filament is 2.85 mm in diameter. Print medium for the TAZ 5 is an SD card.

 

LulzBot TAZ Pro – Dual Extruder
Among our newest tech are three TAZ Pro printers with Dual Extruder Tool Heads, added to the Studio just earlier this year. The tool heads allow for multi-material printing for complex parts. The TAZ Pro printers have an industrial capacity, with a build volume of 22344 cubic cm. New features of these machines include automated X/Y/Z offset calibration, nozzle wiping, and self-leveling capabilities. Compare to the TAZ 5 above, or see here for further information. Print medium is USB drive. Filament must be 2.85 mm in diameter.

 

LulzBot TAZ Pro XT
The 3D Studio is also proud to say we have one TAZ Pro XT machine. The LulzBot TAZ Pro XT allows us to create larger-than-ever products in a tall, 23″ build area. With the same advancements as the TAZ Pro printers, as well as filament runout detection and cable chains and reinforced electrical connectors for longer wire harness life, we encourage you to visit room 053 and check it out. The extruder takes 2.85 mm filament and is capable of printing high-strength composite polymers like PA-CF and carbon-fiber filled Nylon along with more traditional materials like ABS, PETg, PLA, and NinjaFlex. Print medium is USB drive.

 

Elegoo Mars
Our Elegoo Mars printer is the only resin 3D printer we have in the Studio currently. This is one of the printers that operates using a USB drive, not an SD card. The UV Integrated Light (wavelength 405 nm) strikes the material using LED Display Photocuring technology to create prints. The build volume of this machine is our smallest at 4.72 x 2.68 x 6.1 in.

Printing Materials

We have a large – and still expanding – collection of materials to be printed with at the Studio. The Elegoo uses UV-curable resin. Other filament options for our desktop printers include PLA, NinjaFlex, PETg, ABS, and more. If you have any questions about filament or special requests, please feel free to email us at idealab@library.illinois.edu.

Submitting a Request

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to submit a 3D print request by using the form and instructions below. After you submit this form, library staff will review your request and will contact you within 2 business days. If you are submitting multiple objects, please submit them separately.

  • To receive full consideration, print job requests should be submitted at least 3 business days in advance of when they are needed.
  • Prints are $4.00 base per print plus $0.10 per gram. For example, a 63g print job would be $10.30.
  • Files must be submitted in the .stl format.
  • Staff will contact you with the estimated cost, print settings, and completion time before starting a print.
  • Files will be printed by library staff during normal business hours.
  • Once completed, you will be able to pick up your finished prints at the IDEA Lab Help Desk during normal business hours.
  • Visit the IDEA Lab website for more information on our 3D Printer equipment.

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