How to print

University Libraries Office of Library Technology is pleased to offer free 3D printing services to the University community. You can email their completed 3D image (STL) files to  The technology staff will print the design and notify you when to pick up your completed job at the Circulation Desk located on the second floor of Gorgas Library.

Available Options

Gorgas 3D Printers

cube-pro printer

3D Systems CubePro

Available 2nd floor of Gorgas New location!

da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

Available 2nd floor of Gorgas New location!

3D Studio located in Rogers Library

 Participation in a 3D Printer Training and Safety Workshop offered by a Rodgers Library staff member is required prior to use

cube-pro printer

NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner

 Kit and notebook at circulation desk

Stratasys 3D Printer

 Kit and notebook at circulation desk

3D Systems CubePro

Maximum build size 11.2(w) x 9.06(h) x 10.6(d) inches or 28.54(w) x 23(h) x 27.04(d) cm Z AXIS RESOLUTION 0.100mm (0.004″ / 100 microns) LAYER THICKNESS 70 microns, 200 microns and 300 microns for fast mode.

XYZprinting DaVinci 1.0

Maximum build size 7.8(w) x 7.8(h) x 7.8(d) inches or 20(w) x 20(h) x 20(d) cm Z AXIS RESOLUTION 0.100mm (0.004″ / 100 microns) LAYER THICKNESS 100 microns, 200 microns, 300 microns for fast and 400 microns for ultra fast mode.

About 3D Printing


3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. (From


It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). This scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object and puts it into a 3D modeling program.

To prepare the digital file created in a 3D modeling program for printing, the software slices the final model into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers. When this prepared file is uploaded in the 3D printer, the printer creates the object layer by layer. The 3D printer reads every slice (or 2D image) and proceeds to create the object blending each layer together with no sign of the layering visible, resulting in one three dimensional object.



More printed projects here:



UA Libraries 3D Printing group message board –!forum/ua3dlib

UA College of Engineering 3D Prototyping Lab –


Model Repositories (3d model search Engine) (search for .stl files)


For questions about 3D Printing service at Gorgas Library, please email for assistance, or post your question to UA3DLIB google message board :!forum/ua3dlib