The SU Libraries MakerLab offers much more than just 3D printing. You can see the many different types of equipment we have below.
MakerLab staff are on hand at all times to help you with all of this equipment. If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest equipment for us to investigate for the future, feel free to stop by the MakerLab or contact Chris Woodall.
We have several different types of 3D printers available. If you are unsure of what would work best for your project, we are happy to provide a consultation.
3D Printing Materials
We currently have several different colors of filament available in both PLA and ABS plastic, as well as a photo reactive resin for our SLA printer (Form 2). In most cases, we recommend printing with PLA unless your project has a need for the special qualities of ABS. In addition, we have PVA filament that dissolves in water to print support structures using our Ultimaker 3 dual extrusion printer.
We use 1.75mm filament for our MakerGear M2 printer, 2.85mm filament for our LulzBot and Ultimaker printers, and resin for our Formlabs Form 2 printer. Unfortunately, at this time we do not allow patrons to use their own filament or resin with our printers. If you have a need for a special type of printing material, please let the MakerLab staff know and we may be able to acquire the necessary materials for you.
|LulzBot Taz 5, LulzBot Taz 6, Ultimaker 3||PLA||Black, White, Gray, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Silver, Gold, Brown, Cream, Maroon, Light Blue, Lime Green, Pink, Teal, Dark Gray, Natural, Glow in the Dark|
|LulzBot Taz 5, LulzBot Taz 6, Ultimaker 3||ABS||Black, White|
|Formlabs Form 2||Resin||Black, White, Gray, Clear|
In addition to the colors above, several colors of PLA are also available by request. If you need one of these colors, just let us know and we will order the material for you and let you know when it arrives. Colors available by request include: Bronze, Fluorescent Green, Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Yellow, Lavender, Light Pink, Mint, Olive, Tan, Translucent Blue, Translucent Gray, Translucent, Green, Translucent Orange, and Translucent Red.
We offer a handheld scanner for scanning larger objects but with less detail, and a high-definition stationary scanner for high detail scans of smaller objects.
Laser Cutting & Engraving
The Glowforge Laser Cutter/Engraver allows cutting or engraving of materials such as plywood, acrylic, leather, and more. You can create engraving and cutting patterns using a variety of methods, from scanning printed images to creating custom cutting patterns using vector image software.
If you are interested in using this device, visit the MakerLab or contact us to learn about its requirements and limitations. Note that we prefer you to use materials provided by the MakerLab; we will evaluate other materials on a case-by-case basis.