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Science Library Makerspace: 3D Printers

3D Printer Tech Specs

MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen.

  • Filament: 1.75mm PLA
  • Build volume: 9.9" x 7.8" x 5.9"
  • Resolution up to .1mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (0.015 in)
  • Print File Type: .thing, .stl, .obj
  • MakerBot Replicator User's Manual

LulzBot TAZ 5

  • Build Volume: 11.7" x 10.8" x 9.8" (29.8cm x 27.5cm x 25cm
  • Filament: 3mm ABS
  • Resolution up to .1mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.5mm
  • Print File Type: .stl, .obj
  • LulzBot TAZ 5 User's Manual

3D Printing Resources

3D Printing Video Tutorials

Lynda.com allows free access to its vast library of video tutorials for all UGA students, faculty, and staff. Its video tutorials are designed for all skill levels and can be viewed at increments of just a few minutes to allow you flexibility to learn the skills at your own pace. The Science Library Makerspace utilizes video tutorials and Library resources. To create a Lynda.com account and be able to view the tutorials below, and others, please visit: http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda.

Access and Use of 3D Printers

Required 3D Printer Training

3D printers are used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Users must attend a training certification session on either the MakerBot Replicator, and/or Lulzbot TAZ. Sessions are offered weekly: MakerBot Training Certifications are held Mondays from 12:00pm-1:00pm LulzBot TAZ training Certifications Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Reservations are required and may be made by emailing andrew.johnson2@uga.edu. After successful completion of certification, users are able to work independently with the 3D printers. 

Staff do not create 3D models for users, rather are available for consultation, technical support, and to aid users' as they explore and learn the 3D Printing process.

All users agree to respect the health and safety of the University community and abide by all applicable laws, University policies, Libraries' policies, and the Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, The University of Georgia abides by the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). These laws govern photocopying or creating other reproductions of copyrighted materials. All users of Makerspace equipment must abide by copyright laws. More information concerning copyright may be found at the University's Office of Legal Affairs.

Reservations

Certified users may reserve the use of a 3D Printer by emailing makerspace@uga.edu. Reservations are made in one-hour increments, up to three hours, if available, and may be made up to one-week prior to date. Only one machine may be reserved at a time.

Cost of 3D Printing

There is currently no charge for filament for 3D printing, although large jobs may be denied so that this free model remains sustainable and open to all UGA students, faculty, staff and affiliates.

Quality of 3D printed objects

Supports are often needed if a 3D model has large overhangs or parts that suspend in mid-air. Rafts are often used as support at the base of the 3D model and enable smooth removal from the printer bed. These types of additions are easily removable by the user. Staff is not responsible for removing any supports and/or rafts for users.

Users may see slight imperfections in their prints including, but not limited to, bumps, rough edges, holes, and warping. Models may be cleaned up with fine sandpaper or other tools. Printers are very accurate, but there may be some instances when objects with multiple pieces or moveable parts do not precisely fit together. 

The Makerspace does not guarantee the structural integrity or reliability of printed objects.