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Science Library Makerspace: 3D Printers

3D Printers

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 Manual

MakerBot Replicator

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 Manual

3D Printing Resources

3D Scanner

3D Printing Video Tutorials 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 account and be able to view the tutorials below, and others, please visit:

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 session on 3D Printing during which, participants learn the hardware, software, as well as how to locate and customize a file to print. After successful completion users are able to work independently with the 3D printers. Training sessions are on hiatus for summer. Reservations are required for these training sessions and may be made in advance by emailing

3D Printing Policies

Staff do not create 3D models for users and are available for limited technical support. Only library-purchased filament is allowed. Patrons may not supply their own filament. Print jobs must be completed during hours the Makerspace is open. 

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.

Cost of 3D Printing

There is currently no charge for filament for 3D printing, but jobs must meet certain criteria so that all UGA students, faculty, and staff are able to explore 3D printing in the Science Library Makerspace at no cost. 

Quality of 3D printed objects

Supports are often needed if a 3D model has an overhang of 45 degrees 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.