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Technology Sandbox 3D Printer Documentation

Learn about 3D printing with hands-on access to the technology and helpful staff to guide you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does 3D printing cost?

  • 3D printing is currently free of charge thanks to the generous support of the George I. Alden Trust.
  • We strive to remain a free resource for the WIT community. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Kevin Kidd, Director of the Library.

Who can use the 3D printing lab

  • Our services and equipment are only available to current WIT students, faculty and staff.

What equipment is available?

  • MakerBot Replicator (Fifth Generation)
  • MakerBot Z18 
  • Lulzbot Taz 6
  • Printrbot Simple Metal
  • MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner
  • Matter and Form 3D Scanner
  • Mac workstations with CAD and 3D printing software
  • Pliers, cutters and files for post-processing
Printer Print Area (X, Y, Z) Material
MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen.

252mm x 199mm x 150mm​

9.9" x 7.8"  x 5.9" 

PLA only
Makerbot Z18

300mm X 305mm X 457mm​

11.8" x 12.0" x 18.0"

PLA only
Lulzbot TAZ 6

280mm x 280mm x 250mm

​11.02" x 11.02" x 9.8"

PLA and others. Check with staff for a list of available materials.
Printrbot Simple Metal

254mm x 150mm x 150mm

​10″ x 6″ x 6″ 

PLA only
 

What if I have something to print for a class?

  • WIT students, faculty, and staff are welcome to use our 3D printers for course-related projects.
  • Come by to sign-up for print time as soon as your model is ready to print. The wait-list to use a printer may be long, and we cannot prioritize any particular print job.
  • If the success and quality of your print may have an impact on your grade in a class, we strongly recommend that you work with the rapid-prototyping lab for your 3D printing needs. For more information visit http://wit.edu/3d-print

Can I send a file and have it printed for me?

  • We ask that users come to the sandbox to use the printers. 
  • The Rapid Prototyping Lab located in the Manufacturing Center (Williston 001) offers this type of print-on-demand service.
  • For more information visit http://wit.edu/3d-print.

Are there additional 3D printers on campus?

How do I get started?

Makerbot Printers

  1. Download and install Makerbot Print Software on your laptop.*
  2. Create or download a 3D model - save or export as .STL
  3. Import your .STL file into Makerbot Desktop.
  4. Bring your laptop to the Tech Sandbox where we'll work with you to:
    • Review your prepared 3D model for possible printing issues.
    • Check the estimated print time.
  5. Based on the estimated print-time we'll sign you up for a date and time to use a printer.
  6. Bring your laptop to the Tech Sandbox on the arranged date and time and start your print.

*Don't have a laptop? No problem, we have computers you can use with our printers. Just make sure you can access your .STL file online or bring it on a thumb drive.  

Lulzbot TAZ 6

  1. Create or download a 3D model - save or export as .STL
  2. Save your .STL file to a thumb drive or make sure you can access it online.
  3. Come to the Tech Sandbox - We'll work with you to:
    • Review your prepared 3D model for possible printing issues.
    • Check the estimated print time.
  4. Based on the estimated print-time we'll sign you up for a date and time to use a printer.
  5. Come to the Tech Sandbox on the arranged date and time and start your print.

External Links & Resources

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