Answers to common questions:
I want to try the 3D Printer but I don’t know where to start. Any recommendations?
The best starting place is with Tinkercadopens a new window a web platform with free accounts to help you learn the basics of 3D modeling with preset shapes.
Is there a charge for using the 3D printer?
Yes, we charge $0.10 per gram of filament. For example, if your final product weighs 30 grams, the cost is $3.00. We’re happy to help estimate the weight of your model before printing.
How do I submit a file for 3D printing?
You can submit your file through EPL's 3D Print Request tool.
Note: This service will be temporarily unavailable due to planned maintenance from Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 5 pm until Monday, May 20, 2019 at 9am.
How long does 3D printing take?
Usually anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours. Printing time depends on object size, but there are other factors. Our 3D printer is pretty popular, too, so plan ahead. Our average waiting period is from two to four weeks, but may vary depending on the size and color of the object to be printed.
Please contact the Makerspace for an exact time estimate.
What type of 3D printers do you have?
- Ultimaker 3 Extended (build volume, single nozzle: 21.5cm width, 21.5cm depth, 30cm height)
- Original Prusa i3 MK3 (build volume: 25cm width, 21cm depth, 21cm height)
- MachinaCorp X20 (build volume: 25cm width x 21cm depth x 25cm height)
What type of file formats does the printer accept?
We print .stl files, but we also work with OBJ files.
What kind of material is used for printing?
EPL prints with PLA, a non-toxic, biodegradable plastic.
Note: 3D printed items printed at EPL are not considered safe for use with food or drinks.
How colourful can I be?
We can only print in one colour per object, but we’ve got lots to choose from.