3-D Printing

Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, is the process where a three-dimensional object is created through successive layering of material by process of computer control.

How can I use the 3-D printers in the I-Create Lab?

Patrons who wish to use the 3-D printers must present either a SandDollar or a valid ID. They must complete a safety orientation session. The orientation session covers the basic operation of the 3-D printers, safety practices and the I-Create 3-D printer policies. Patrons must sign an I-Create Waiver form. Patrons must be 18 years or older.

Patrons must make a reservation to utilize the 3-D printers.  Use the link below to schedule a reservation.

3-D Printer Reservations

What type of 3-D printer does the I-Create Lab have?

The I-Create Lab has 3 Makerbot Replicator+ 3-D Printer. This printer uses 1.75mm PLA filament. PLA is a bioplastic made from renewable resources such as corn starch.

The Makerbot Replicator + has the following build volume
11.6 L x 7.6 W x 6.5 H in [29.5 L x 19.5 W x 16.5 H cm] 573 in3 [9492 cm3]

Only the lab’s filament can be used in the 3-D printer.

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Cost of 3-D Printing

3-D printing fees are calculated by the amount of PLA filament usage. The I-Create staff will preview your file before printing, at that point they will take the estimated PLA usage and will input into the cost calculator. They will then share this estimated cost with the patron prior to printing. Sales tax will be added to all purchases, unless the patron can provide a tax-exempt form.

  • There will be a charge of $0.07 per gram for currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff.
  • There will be a charge of $0.10 per gram for community users.

Prints must be paid in full before the print job will be started.


Users may see slight imperfections in their prints. Small bumps or holes and rough edges at the base of an object may occur with 3-D printing. You can clean up some of the imperfections with fine sandpaper or other tools. Some of these items are available in the I-Create Lab.

The Makerbot Replicator + builds objects from the ground up. There are instances where certain prints will require support material and /or rafts to ensure proper printing. Support material is often needed if the design has large overhangs or parts suspended in mid-air.

Requesting a 3-D Print

Patrons must fill out a submission ticket that includes the patron name, patron phone number, patron email address and file name.

I-Create staff will review your file with you.

By submitting content or objects, the user agrees to assume all responsibility for, and shall hold the library harmless in, all matters related to patented, trademarked, or copyrighted materials. The library is not responsible for any damage, loss or security of data arising from the use of its computers or network, nor for the functionality or quality of content produced on the 3-D printer.

Models will be charged unless there is a problem with our equipment, in which case we will allow a reprint at no charge.

A staff member must be present to supervise the use of the 3-D printer and manage the printing queue.

Printed objects may be photographed and displayed on the library’s website or social media sites.
3-D prints that are not picked up within 7 days will become property of the I-Create Lab. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.

The I-Create lab reserves the right to refuse any 3-D print request.

What file format can I submit?

Users must submit their files in .STL format.

Useful Websites

Makerbot Learn