3D Printing Now Available at Tech Desk

Markerbot Replicator 2

Belk Library and Information Commons now has 3D printing capabilities. You can “print” three-dimensional objects. Amazing!

Types of 3D Printers Available

We have two different 3D printers available at the Tech Desk: Makerbot Replicator 2 and Stratasys uPrint SE Plus.

Makerbot Replicator 2

The Makerbot Replicator 2 is a small, desktop printer that uses PLA plastic. It can print sizes up to 11 x 6 x 6 inches. The Makerbot is a much less expensive option and will be a good choice for most average applications.

Makerbot Replicator 2

Makerbot Replicator 2 (click to see larger image)

Stratasys uPrint SE Plus

The Stratasys uPrint SE Plus is a somewhat larger commercial grade printer that uses ABS plastic. It is capable of printing up to 8 x 8 x 6 inches. The uPrint is more expensive and is recommended when strength and durability are needed.

uPrint SE Plus

uPrint SE Plus (click to see larger image)


Try Out Our 3D Printing Service

If you would like to try out this service, here are the general steps involved:

  1. Bring  your STL file on a flash drive to the Tech Desk from 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
  2. Submit a 3D Print Order Form (PDF).
  3. The attendant will check your file to make sure it is formatted properly.
  4. The person in charge of 3D printing will process your order.
  5. You will be notified via phone or email when your print job is complete.
  6. Pick up your print from the Tech Desk anytime when the Tech Desk is open.

Please note: Turn around time for this procedure is 1 week.

Payment terms: We only accept AppCards for payment.


Find Out More about Our 3D Printing Service

If you would like to learn more about this novel printing process, you have several options from which to choose.

  • The 3D Print Order Form (PDF) has detailed guidelines for submitting a file to be printed. This document also has Frequently Asked Questions about 3D printing.
  • You may stop by or call the Tech Desk when it is open to get answers to your questions. See the Tech Desk calendar for hours of operation. Contact the Tech Desk at: 828-262-2735.
  • We will also be offering drop-in classes and tech instruction on 3D printing during the fall semester. Check our events calendar for more information.

Karl Moretz is the person in charge of 3D printing. He can be reached by phone (828-262-2795) or email (moretzks@appstate.edu) for questions as well.


Here’s a question for you: What do you think of 3D printing at Belk Library and Information Commons? Please leave your comments below.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Artwork by Andrew Nelson-Redondo, ASU student and part-time manager of the Digital Media Studio.


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