3D Printing

TU students can print 3D objects for academic assignments and personal enrichment.

OTS Student Computing Services (SCS) maintains three Ultimaker Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers that students may use to print solid objects for academic purposes. The dual-extruder printers are configured exclusively for 2.85mm PLA or PETG filament. Because 3D objects typically require very long print times, we have established the request-based workflow described below rather than the direct booking approach we use for other SCS resources.  

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It's still free!

SCS will continue to support 3D printing for both academic and personal enrichment purposes at no charge. Plus, our experiential workflow guarantees that students gain practical, hands-on knowledge of the process. OTS encourages all students to try this technology and explore its potential to enhance their studies.

How to design for 3D printing

Original designs can be created using TinkerCad or other popular 3D design tools (All3DP). For higher-end users, Rhinoceros is available on Windows computers in the SCS labs. Print-ready object files can be downloaded from a number of popular online sources (All3DP).

What you need to know before printing 

  • SCS does not support large-scale or commercial printing.
  • 3D printing is limited to two object files per person, per week.
  • Students can request a 3D printing appointment via the web form described below.
  • Students may request a filament color, but SCS cannot guarantee a color. To control costs, we have to make efficient use of the filament on hand. Objects can be sanded and painted after printing. Colors typically stocked include white, black, gold, and blue/purple. Eventually, we plan to allow students to supply their own filament, provided it meets SCS quality standards; inquiries may be sent to .
  • SCS reserves the right to limit print resolution as necessary to keep print time down to 48 hours or less.
  • If you have never used SCS ORBS, you must sign in before we can schedule your print.
  • SCS will not print firearms, parts for firearms, or near-scale models of firearms. If the print is in fulfillment of a class assignment or other academic project, SCS will print with verification from the Dean of your College. 

How to prepare for a 3D printing appointment

  1. Create or secure your 3D object file (<5GB) in the STL or OBJ format. The object volume cannot exceed 13” long by 9” wide by 11.8” high (330mm by 240mm by 300mm).
  2. Open the SCS 3D Printing Request Form and enter your TU email address in the From field.
  3. Complete the remaining form fields and, if applicable, include additional information in the Message box. To avoid delays, be sure to tell us the desired size of the finished print. When specifying your preferred print dates and times, bear in mind the SCS hours of operation.
  4. Drag and drop your object file(s) onto the Drop Files Here box; upload progress will display at the bottom of the form.
  5. Once the upload completes, click Send in the lower left corner. You should receive acknowledgment of your request within two business days; if you do not, feel free to contact SCS for confirmation.

Check your email. SCS staff will process your request and contact you within two business days to schedule a printing appointment. Then, we’ll book the printer for you through our Online Resource Booking System (ORBS) and send you the details via email.

Why not slice it yourself? To convert (or slice) your STL file into G Code so that the printer can build it up layer-by-layer, SCS uses the free Ultimaker Cura slicing application. Students interested in scaling, rotating, configuring, and sicing their own objects can download and install Cura on their own computers.