Students, staff, faculty and library patrons can begin submitting 3D printing requests to our printing studio!
3D Printing Studio
Homer Babbidge Library is pleased to announce UConn’s first publicly accessible 3D Printing Studio, open now! Our 3D Printers are available to students, faculty, staff, as well as library patrons. The 3D Printing Studio is located in Homer Babbidge Library on Level 1 next to the Writing Center. We also have a YouTube channel with some of our finished time-lapses! Check it out HERE.
3D Printing Studio & Consultation Room Hours
The 3D Printing Studio is staffed mostly by members of UConn’s 3D Printing Club. The student staff are available for consultation on your prepared design during the following hours:
- Monday 8:00AM-5:00PM
- Tuesday 9:300AM – 5:00PM
- Wednesday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
- Thursday 9:30AM – 5:00PM
- Friday 8:00AM – 3:00PM
- Telephone: (860) 486-4578
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Start a 3D Printing Project
To get started with your own 3D Print, prepare your design using 3D Modeling software. If you are an engineering student, you have access to SolidWorks through the Engineering Skybox. If you are not an engineering student, there is free 3D Modeling Software available. Some of the software that we recommend is 123D Design or TinkerCad. If you are not interested in creating your own design, there are many free designs available on Thingiverse.
Once you have your prepared file, export it as an .stl or a .zip and fill out the 3D Printing Order Form. This will send your design to our technicians who will review it. You will then receive an email estimating the cost of the print, how long it will take, and ask you for a final confirmation before we begin printing your design. You will receive another email when the printing process begins, and again when it is complete. You can pick up your print anytime we are open.
If you have any other questions or if you would like to learn more about 3D Printing including how to prepare models for 3D printing, take a look at the 3D Hubs Knowledge Base, or Common 3D Printing Terms.
A gallery of some of our finished prints! Click Here to see all the things other people have requested, and to get ideas of what you can print yourself!
View Your Print in Progress
We have set up cameras for each of our 3D printers so you can view your print in progress!
Since the 3D printing service is subsidized by the University’s Technology Fee, we are able to offer the very low rate of 10 cents per gram. The cost will be charged to HuskyBucks for student, staff, and faculty. Library patrons can charge this fee to their library services card.
After you receive confirmation that your 3D print has finished printing, please pick up your print at our 3D Printing Studio in the Homer Babbidge Library.
Initially, we have the following equipment to launch in Spring 2016:
- Two Rostock Max v2
- With a build height of 375mm (~14.5in), this is the tallest printer we have. Because of its “delta” design, this printer has a circular build plate instead of a square one with a diameter of 280mm (~11in).
- Ultimaker 2
- The Ultimaker works in the conventional way, with a square build plate and a cartesian coordinate system. The build volume for this printer is 230mm x 225mm x 205mm, or about 9in x 9in x 8in.
Phone: (860) 486-4578