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3D Printing

Whether you are an experienced 3D designer or simply want to learn new technology, the staff at Rutgers Makerspace can assist you. Our 3D printers can create prototypes, mechanical parts, replacement parts, human busts, action figures, toys, wearables, and much more. We have many colors and materials available for printing, each with its own respective properties. If you have a project you are considering, one of the Makerspace staff members can speak to you to create a work plan and talk over any details particular to your project.

Using Our Shop

Access and Safety

3D printing is done by our staff.  Feel free to come in with your files or email them to us.  We will slice the file and let you know the cost.  If you wish to proceed, we will add your print to the queue and let you know once it is ready to pick-up.

Purchasing Materials

We offer various different colors/types of material where you will only pay for what you use for your project.


3D Printing Rates

Markforged Mark Two ($ / cm3)
Base Plastic
Onyx $0.30
Fiber Reinforcement (optional)
Fiberglass $2.00
HSHT Fiberglass $2.50
Kevlar $2.50
Carbon Fiber $3.75
FDM ($ / gram)
PLA & PETG $0.04
PVA (Dissolvable Support $0.12
TPU (Semi-Flexible) $0.03
 
Formlabs ($ / mL)
Clear, Black, Grey, White $0.19
Tough, Durable $0.22
Flexible, High Temp $0.55
 
Available Machines
Prusa I3MK3S
Prusa I3MK3S
A best in class FDM printer, capable of printing in most common and some esoteric filaments.
Formlabs Form 3
Formlabs Form 3
The Form 3 offers industry-leading accuracy and reliability.
Markforged Mark Two
Markforged Mark Two
Flagship Continuous Fiber Composite 3D Printer, built to revolutionize your manufacturing operation.
The Form 2
The Form 2
The Form 2 set the standard for affordable, professional 3D printing.
Prusa MINI
Prusa MINI
A scaled down, next-gen version of the Prusa classic I3MK3S with 32-bit FDM extrusion.
FAQs
What can I do with 3D printing?

Pretty much anything. 3D printing is used to prototype projects, replacement parts for equipment (we 3D print replacement parts for our 3D printers!), useful organizational items, toys, medical equipment/prosthetics. It's really only limited to your design capabilities (or someone else's if you download a file) and the printers size capability. Thingiverse has some really cool files created by others if you want to get ideas.

What can I use to design 3D models?

Any software that allows the user to save a 3D object in the STL format is suitable. For a more comprised list please visit the Resource page here.

What is 3D printing?

3D Printing is a method of additive manufacturing that utilizes various methods of depositing material layer by layer to "print" an object. Objects are constructed from 3D Models produced from Computer Aided Design (CAD) software or from 3D Scans of objects in the real world. Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software converts the 3D model into a set of instructions that control the 3D printer to print the object. GCode is the name of the programming language that the instructions are written in for most 3D printers. CAM software for 3D printers is referred to by the general term Slicing Software or Slicers, after the first widely available open source program, Slic3r. The term is also descriptive of what slicing software does, which is to create slices of the 3D model so that it can be printed layer by layer.

What materials can I print with your 3D printers?

Many different materials can be used for 3D printing, such as PLA, nylon, flexible filaments (NinjaFlex), carbon fiber, glass-filled polyamide, exotic filaments (wood), epoxy resins, silver, titanium, steel powder, and photopolymer, and much more. We primarily use PLA, PETG, NinjaFlex, PVA, Nylon, UV Resin, and Onyx (a mixture of Nylon and Carbon Fiber).