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Science Library MakerSpace: 3D Printing

3D Printer Tech Specs

MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation

● Build Volume: 9.9" x 7.8" x 5.9" (25.2cm x 19.9cm x 15.0cm) 

● Filament: 1.75 mm PLA 

● Resolution up to .1mm

● Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm [0.015 in]

● Print File Type: .thing, .stl, .obj


LulzBot TAZ 5 3D Printer

● Build Volume: 11.7" x 10.8" x 9.8" (29.8cm x 27.5cm x 25.0cm) 

● Filament: 3 mm PLA and ABS. It can do other materials, see here

● Resolution up to .1mm

● Nozzle Diameter: 0.5mm 

● Print File Type: .stl, .obj

3D Printing Training

Open source 3D design software we utilize:


3D Printing Policy

Terms of use and copyright

Those wishing to utilize the Makerspace’s equipment must do so for lawful and educational purposes. Users must respect the health and safety of the University community and abide by all applicable laws, University policiesLibraries' policies, and Student Code of Conduct. UGA Science Library staff reserves the right to deny any print request for any reason.

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 the Makerspace equipment must abide by copyright and trademark laws. For more information, please visit the Office of Legal Affairs' web page on Copyright and Trademark.

Cost of 3D printing

There currently is no charge for 3D printing during, although the Library reserves the right to implement charges for 3D printing at any time in the future. There is no cost to use the vinyl cutter, soldering irons, or laser cutter.

File submission and approval

Accepted file types are .STL, .OBJ. and .THING. Email to set up an appointment. You will meet with staff to review the file and select filament colors. Once the object has been printed, staff will send an email to the user to let them know that their object may be picked up. Objects will be available for pick-up for two weeks after notification; objects not picked up within two weeks become the property of the library.

All submissions are subject to approval based on scheduling, availability, and adherence to the printing policy. Users must expect a minimum of a week turnaround on their print. The 3D printer may be out of service or being used for an event or a course. During such times there may be a delay in printing objects. Users should consider if their project has a strict deadline. The Makerspace staff are not responsible for delays.

User may not simultaneously occupy more than two printers. There must always be another printer free to work on other projects in the queue.

Quality of 3D printed objects

Users may see slight imperfections in their prints, including but not limited to bumps, rough edges, holes, and warping. You can clean up some of the imperfections with fine sandpaper or other tools. The printer is very accurate, but there may be some instances where objects with multiple pieces or moveable parts do not precisely fit together.  

We do not vouch for the structural integrity or reliability of printed objects.

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