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3D Printing

Printing of 3D objects is available to University of Utah students, staff, and faculty at the Student Computing Services (SCS) desk on Level 2 of the Marriott Library. Printing is done on a ProJet 160 monochrome, powder-based printer.

Service Price

$5 per cubic inch (minimum of $1 per object)


Hardening with Epsom salt solution included in base price
Hardening with ColorBond (stronger) $5 per cubic inch

Using the Printer

  1. Bring a complete, fully enclosed model in STL format to the SCS desk on a flash drive. The model should not be thinner than 1/8" in any place, as this increases the risk of the printed object being damaged.
  2. Staff will ask what units your STL file uses: inches, millimeters, centimeters, or meters. They will verify how many cubic inches your model is and fill out a cost slip with this information.
  3. The base printing charge includes hardening the printed object using an Epsom salt solution. If desired, you can request your object be hardened with ColorBond instead, at an additional charge. This will create a much stronger product.
  4. The minimum turnaround time is 2 business days. However, depending on the current print volume, the wait may be longer. You will be e-mailed when your job is complete and ready for pickup.

3D printed interlocking tetrahedra and racecar

Preparing Your Model

For a detailed overview on preparing your model, see the 3D printing guide.

If you need assistance verifying that your model is ready for 3D printing, limited consultation is available at the SCS desk 10am–2pm Monday through Thursday.

3D Scanning

A NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner, allowing you to create a 3D model from a physical object, is available for use in the Knowledge Commons. Visit the SCS desk to get started, or see the 3D scanning guide for more details.


You agree to abide by copyright guidelines as outlined on the Copyright Overview & Resources page.


Knowledge Commons

ProJet 160 printer

 Last Modified 7/15/14