The UM3D Lab offers a wide range of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies to help you create physical versions of your digital creations. We want to provide you the technology and support needed for you do what you do best, come up with great ideas and novel uses.
We now have a new collection of 3D Printers that are free for you to use, open-access, and easy to operate. All you need to get started is a material cartridge, an STL file and registration into the reservation system. Below is a list of tutorials to get started, some helpful links for reserving time on the printers, and generally how to get started.
Hours & Support
General hours of operation for the 3D Lab are:
Steps to 3D Printing:
Step 1 – Watch the Cube Tutorials
Please review the how-to videos to familiarize yourself with basic Cube 3D Printer operations prior to taking the knowledge test.
Step 2 – Take the Knowledge Test
To take the knowledge test, visit the UM3dlab and talk to 3DPrinting consultant (see Hours & Support above for UM3D Lab Hours). You will be asked to demonstrate your proficiency with the Cube software and Cube 3D Printer. All questions are taken from the tutorial videos.
Step 3 – Reserve a 3D printer
Access to the Cube 3D printers is handled through the Event Management System (EMS) reservation system. Using the buttons below, learn how to make a reservation, and then reserve your printing time.
Step 4 – Print Your Part
To fabricate your part you will need a PLA material cartridge (NO ABS), and a USB memory stick containing your Cube file. It may take a couple tries to have a successful print, but once you get the hang of it you will be on your way! Be sure to order PLA material only as ABS is not permitted on MLibrary Cubes.
Step 5 – Final Cleanup
Please return the Cube to the state that you found it in. Remove your part, toss any waste, return checkout items, and don’t forget to take your USB memory stick. If you have feedback send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Want more information on Rapid Prototyping? Check out our page on RP Services.
- Interested in what else the 3D Lab has to offer? Stop by and say hello! Located in the Digital Media Commons on the first floor of the Duderstadt.