3D Printing & Consultation

Last updated: November 29, 2023

The Computer Vet on the second floor of Odegaard is piloting a free service to help students explore the world of 3D printing in a supportive learning environment.

Our goal is to help you experience 3D printing in a supported environment to build your confidence for using other 3D printers on campus for your larger projects.

Sign up for a 4-hour block of consultation/printing time, and our consultants will help you get a print started. Each person is limited to a maximum of two appointments per quarter.

You can:

  • bring a .stl or .obj file that’s ready to go*
  • get help finding a workable file on thingiverse
  • print one of our pre-selected items:
    Pre-selected 3D printable item: whale Pre-selected 3D printable item: husky Pre-selected 3D printable item: darth vader Pre-selected 3D printable item: baymax

Plan to stay at the Computer Vet Desk long enough to get the print started, about 30-45 minutes. You may return to pick up your print at the end of your reservation time.

*If you are bringing your own file, please note:

  • It may be necessary to modify the size and settings of your file to ensure it will finish within the allotted time and to maximize the chances of a successful print.
  • Objects should not contain extreme angles or have overhangs, as shown in the following examples:
    3D bad choices - overhang 3D bad choices - overhang
  • Avoid objects with moving parts or requiring pieces to snap together, such as the items pictured below. They may not print successfully.
    3D bad choices - multiple pieces that fit together

Examples of successful projects:
3D printing success - twisted vase  3D printing success - shark clip 3D success - self watering pot

Reserve your time here

If you are unable to view the workshops above, please see the calendar here.

Equipment: Flashforge Creator Pro Dual Extruder loaded with environmentally-friendly PLA filament using an .x3g file on a 64gbh XC-SD flash storage card.

Software: Makerbot Print

Learn more

What is 3D Printing?

Sign up for 3D printing workshops 

Other 3D Printing Locations on Campus

Area 01

The Mill