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College of Design 3D Printer

The Output Center currently has two 3D printers, a uPrint SE, and a Lulzbot TAZ 5.

uPrint SE - Our Dimension uPrintSE 3D Printer, located in 426 Design, uses a two-part plastic to create models in an 8" x 8" x 6" envelope and prints high resolution, high quality parts. Models are submitted in STL file format, then output one layer at a time using the two materials to create the model and support areas.

Options for uPrint SE 3D Printer Use

1. Please drop your file on the dropbox:

  • Windows:  Open My Computer, and enter this address in the address box.
    epson.design.iastate.edudropbox
  • Mac: smb://epson.design.iastate.edu/dropbox

2. Login using your net-id and password.

3. Alternate method: Bring in your file on a USB drive if you cannot get the dropbox to work.

Costs

  • 3D Printer: $5.75/cubic inch material

We will process your file, then give you an estimate on the cost, expected completion date (based on the number of jobs already in the queue), and the time it will take to print your file. Additional time will be needed to clean the parts. Do not expect to get a part printed and cleaned the day your project is due! We have had jobs that take more than 11 hours just to print, and files are printed on a first come, first served basis.

Lulzbot TAZ 5: This is a mid-range consumer 3D Printer, appropriate for "quick and dirty" prototyping.

1. Bring in your file on a USB drive, and we will process the file, and give you an estimate as to cost and time to complete.

2. Cost to print:

  • $1.00 for 25 grams or less
  • $0.10 for each additional gram

Warning: This printer uses self-support, which means you will have to remove any material acting as support material manually. Lab staff do not clean models printed on this printer. 

Because this printer can only be run during our operating hours, and cannot be left unattended overnight, your job will be started when we are certain it will finish before closing. This is a very popular printer, and jobs can take several hours to finish. In addition, the TAZ 5 is a consumer-level product, meaning that prints occassionally fail. Do not expect to get a part printed and cleaned the day your project is due! Files are printed on a first come, first served basis.

We are not responsible for failed prints stemming from problems with your files.