3D Printing

The additive manufacturing systems are in BIDC229 - Prototyping

Basic Rules For FDM Printing

  • There is a strict 25 grams per student per week limit on free printing (PLA Material Only) supplied by the lab. If you want to print more than the allotted amount or in a color of your preference, you will need to provide your own spool of material labeled with your name and Purdue email. Weekly limits do not combine when unused, it is a hard cut 25 grams a week.
  • If your printing is for a class or sponsored research, we ask that students purchase their own spool.  The free spools are meant for exploration and personal projects, please help us keep our internal costs down on this free service.
  • If you are providing a personal spool it must be 3mm diameter Hatchbox or eSun brand regular PLA or ABS filament only. Other brands, sizes, and material types will not be accepted. Also glow in the dark or other exotic blends will not be accepted.
  • Personal spools must have your email written on it. 
  • We only print to 3dprinteros accounts made with Purdue emailsDo not use gmail.
  • We have the right to cancel your print if it appears to be an illegal, dangerous, or inappropriate object whether it is functional or not.
  • Every print submitted must include a note of which material profile was used to slice the part. 
    • ex: "Lab Spool profile 1 used." OR "PLA profile 2 used my spool color is ___"
  • For prints done with a personal spool a note must be included with the color of your spool and the email on the spool.
  • Completed prints must be picked up within 2 weeks after completion otherwise they will be recycled.

We have the right to cancel your print if the above rules are not followed.

We try to print jobs in the order they are submitted and in the most timely manner. Most jobs can expect a lead time of one week to complete. If your print is not completed by then please contact a lab TA.

About the Printers Available

Lulzbot Mini

Build volume: 152mm x 152mm x 158mm (6in x 6in x 6.2in) Dimensions are in X,Y,Z axis order

Layer height: 0.2mm-0.3mm (0.008in - 0.012in)

Lulzbot Taz 6

Build Volume: 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11.02in x 11.02in x 9.8in) Dimensions are in X,Y,Z axis order

Layer height: 0.2mm-0.3mm (0.008in - 0.012in)

Please use the appropriate size printer for your part unless the queue is empty for the larger printers.

Our current work group access code for 3D printerOS is : realize_network



3D PrinterOS Video Tutorials

Exporting .STL files from Inventor

Current Prototype Lab TA Schedule

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