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3D Printing Studio Services

The IDEA Lab Process: You Design It & We Print It

Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to submit a print request to the IDEA Lab 3D Printing Studio. The IDEA Lab 3D Printing Studio currently has the following filament: UV-curable resin, PLA, PETg, and ABS. Due to the nature of 3D printing, we cannot give firm completion times at the start of the printing process.

    • The IDEA Lab processes requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once you have submitted a request, a staff member will contact you within 3 business days to discuss next steps.
    • Print price is calculated by a $4.00 base cost per print + $0.10 per gram of print material. (Ex: a 63-g print would be $10.30)
    • Cash is not accepted. Requests must specify a CFOAP or a general campus account for billing.
    • Before the print is initiated, you will be emailed an estimated cost for the job. The IDEA Lab requires email acceptance of the estimated cost before we begin your print.
    • All print requests must be submitted as .stl files. If you need to submit more than 5 files, email the IDEA Lab to discuss your project in more detail.

Once the print is completed, you will receive an email. Finished prints will be available for pick-up at the IDEA Lab Help Desk during our open hours. Please bring your iCard to retrieve your print. Visit the 3D Print Request Form video tutorial or the 3D Print Consultation Form video tutorial for further guidance on submitting requests.

Questions? Please contact idealab@library.illinois.edu.

Our 3D print and 3D consultation request services closed on May 3, 2024.

The IDEA Lab will be closed over Summer Break. We will resume operations August 26th, 2024.

Check Out Our 3D Printing Guide

Visit the Introduction to 3D Printing LibGuide.

IDEA Lab’s Largest Standard FDM Printer

LulzBot TAZ Pro XT

LulzBot TAZ Pro XT with a green vase 3D print model loaded with a green filament.

Max Build Volume:
280 x 280 x 586 mm (X,Y,Z)

IDEA Lab’s Largest Resin Printer

Elegoo Saturn 2

Elegoo Saturn resin printer

Max Build Volume:
218.88, 123.12, 250 mm (X,Y,Z)