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TECH Center 3D Printing

3D printing is available in the TECH Center for academic use by Temple University students, faculty and staff. 

Overview

3D printing is available in the TECH Center for academic use by Temple University students, faculty and staff. 

What is 3D Printing?  It is a process where a physical object is rendered in plastic from a Computer Aided Design (CAD) file. 

Resources

The TECH Center provides:

  • The 3D printer
  • Software needed to create file including SolidWorks, Blender, AutoCad, or Rhino
  • Material to create 3D object

Free 3D Libraries:

The following open source sites allow you to download free 3D models; some may be modifiable:

  • thingiverse.com
  • stldownload.com

Instructions

Create the file (Design, Modeling & Format) 

  • Files can be created in SolidWorks, Blender, AutoCad, or Rhino.  Currently, the 3D printer recognizes .obj, .thing and the more common .stl file formats.  All .stl files must be exportable as (closed) stl files!  The 3D printer only recognizes model files in the .STL format that have no open edges and mesh contains no holes.
  • All files must be expressed in inches on a 1:1 scale.
  • Currently, models are limited to a working envelope of (9.7” L x 6.0” W x 6.1” H).

Schedule the project:

  • To schedule 3D printing, submit a request using the Request Help tab on the Computer Services home page.
  • Attach file to be printed to the request.  The file should be complete, and in .STL, .thing, or .OBJ format.
  • Requestor will receive a reply within one business day to schedule an appointment with a TECH Center consultant to review and print the model.  Attend the scheduled appointment to find out the time and cost estimate to print the file.  The final cost will be determined after the object has been printed and weighed and will include any support material printed by the printer that is needed to complete the object.  Objects must be paid for using Diamond Dollars at time of pickup.

Printing process:

  • Go to TECH Center, 2nd Floor Consultant Desk at the scheduled time.  Due to the nature of the 3D printing process, once it begins, it must be completed in its entirety.  Projects may take several hours to several days to complete, depending on the models complexity.  The requestor is expected to be present while the model is being printed.
  • Upon completion, pay for the print job using Diamond Dollars at the Consultant Desk.

Rates

See the rates page.

Support

Questions about creating the 3D files should be submitted through TUhelp.  Consultants will be available to assist if a problem arises during the 3D printing process.

Requirements and Policies

  • Print jobs left for more than 24 hours will be discarded.
  • Computer Services is not responsible for any objects printed on the 3D printer. 
  • Printing of any object that Computer Services determines to be unlawful, threatening, abusive, physically harmful, obscene, and racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable is prohibited.
  • The use of the 3D printer is restricted to Temple University academic work only.
  • All 3D printing must be supervised by a trained TECH Center consultant. 
  • Additional files cannot be added to a currently printing job.  All files must be submitted as a new request through the Request Help tab on the Computer Services home page. The request is then placed in a queue and completed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • By submitting your 3D printing request, you agree to all notices and guidelines in this document.