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 are encouraged to 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 two Raise3D Pro 2s. This printer has

  • duel extrusions with retracting hot ends, 
  • build volume of 12x12x11.8 inch (305x305x300 mm),
  • max plate temperature of 110C and
  • max nozzle temperature of 300C.

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

 Picture of Raise3D 3D Printer


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 $0.10 per gram for currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff.
  • There will be a charge of $0.15 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 for use in the I-Create Lab.

The Raise 3D Pro2 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.

Need a 3-D Print

Bring your .stl, .3mf or .obj file with you, or be able to access it and the 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 use?

Users must submit their files in .STL, 3MF or .OBJ format.

Useful Websites

Raise3D Pro2



3d Printing Glossary