Walk Up - Cube 3

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 to do what you do best, come up with great ideas and novel uses.

We also have Cube3 printers available for use by special request. If you’ve used the Cube 2 printers before you will already have some idea of how it works but you will still have to watch the Cube3 videos to use them. If you have no experience with 3D printing, don’t worry. There will soon be instructions below and they will guide you through the process.

Note: Before you decide to use the Cube3 printers, it is important for you to know a few things about them. The cartridge for the Cube3 printers cost about $25 dollars more than Cube2 cartridges and they often strip before they can be completed. There is a high failure rate with prints on the Cube3 but, when they do work, they have better layer resolution than Cube2 prints.

General hours for support in the UM3D Lab are: Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm
3D Printer Cluster

3D Printer Cluster

Steps to 3D Printing on the Cube 3:

  • 1. Learn to Operate the Machine

    Review the how-to videos and FAQ. They’re short and show you how to use the printers so your part comes out correctly (and the machine survives the process). You will need this information to pass the knowledge test. Make sure your are watching the Cube 3 tutorial videos
  • 2. Reserve a 3D Printer

    If you want to use the Cube3 printers the first step is to come into the office and talk to or email Shawn O’Grady to set up a time to come in and use the printers.
  • 3. Print Your Creation

    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.
  • 4. Final Cleanup

    Please return the Cube to the state that you found it in. Remove your part, clean the print plate, toss any waste, return checkout items, and don’t forget to take your USB memory stick.

Additional Information

Are these printers not doing what you need? Do you need higher resolution, different materials, or generally higher fidelity? Let us know. We have a wide range of resources and often know where to go if we’re not a fit for what you need.