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3D Printing in the Biotech Commons (3D@TheLibrary): Print 3D

We're up and running back in our newly renovated lab at the Biotech Commons and are accepting 3D printing requests for academic, clinical and research projects only.  We are currently operating at a limited capacity and turnaround times are longer.  Please plan ahead and submit your request at least 7 business days ahead of time. 


Need help with your 3D design? Schedule a free virtual consultation:

Submit 3D printing request

Please read these steps before sending your first file

Submit 3D printing request

What can I print? 

File Format

To print a file, it must be exported as a stereolithography file, indicated by an STL extension (.stl). If the .stl file you give the Biomedical library has any issues, we will notify you via email to help you fix the problems. You can fix your own files for free using a cloud service such as Microsoft's 3D printing platform netfabb

If your model is made up of multiple parts, submit each part as a separate STL file. The parts can be laid out in the printer in different orientations which will optimize the print for both cost and print time.

For the more experienced users, we also accept .form and .3mf file extensions.

3D Modeling Tips

If you would like help with 3D modeling, refer to our 3D modeling section for tips!

Size and material limitations (please see links to the left for more information on our printers)

Printer Capacity Design Considerations
Formlabs Form 2

145 x 145 x 175 mm (5.7 x 5.7 x 6 in)

Material: Resin

Minimum Layer Thickness: 25-100 Microns

Minimum Wall Thickness: 0.6 mm

Form 2 Design Considerations

Formlabs Form 3

145 x 145 x 185 mm (5.7 x 5.7 x 7.3 in)

Material: Resin

Minimum Layer Thickness: 25-100 Microns

Minimum Wall Thickness: 0.6 mm

Form 3 Design Considerations

Stratasys UPrint SE Plus

203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in)

Material: ABS (Dissolvable Support Material)

Minimum Layer Thickness: 0.254 mm

Minimum Wall Thickness: 3 mm

Stratasys UPrint Design Considerations

Stratasys F170

254 x 254 x 254 mm (10 x 10 x 10 in.)

Material: ABS (Dissolvable Support Material) & PLA

Minimum Layer Thickness: 0.254 mm (0.010 in)

Minimum Wall Thickness: 3 mm

Stratasys F170 Design Considerations

Ultimaker 3 Extended

215 x 215 x 300 mm (8.5 x 8.5 x 11.8 in)

Materials: PLA, ABS, TPU95, CPE

Minimum Layer Thickness: 0.25 mm

Minimum Wall Thickness: 0.8 mm

Ultimaker 3 Design Considerations


What materials are available?

How much does it cost?

  • 3D printing for academic, clinical and research projects for Penn faculty, students and staff is currently free.  You must provide a detailed description of your project to qualify for free printing! 
  • Non-academic projects will be printed through the 3D printing service at the Education Commons, which uses PLA only.  If you need another material or a guaranteed turnaround, we recommend searching MakeXYZ3D Hubs, Shapeways or Xometry to find a local 3D printing service to complete your project for a fee.
  • For other fabrication resources check out Laserfab for Laser Cutting, Waterjet Cutting and Metal Fabrication Services!

Submit your Model

Once you have completed your model, fill out the print submission form. You will have options to select your preferences and provide specific instructions for the print staff, file size is capped at 100MB. If there are any issues with your files, we will notify you via email.

We look forward to 3D-printing for you!

Contact us

Email is the best way to reach us! 

3D-printing policy

The Biotech Commons's 3D printers are available to the Penn community of students, faculty and staff to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

I.  The Library’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law or by University of Pennsylvania policy.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the  manufacturer.)
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.

II.  The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

III. Only designated Library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printers.

Printer Info - Stratasys Uprint

Printer Info - Stratasys F170

Printer Info - Formlabs Form 2

Printer Info - Formlabs Form 3

Printer Info - Ultimaker 3 Extended