The Biomedical Library'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:
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.
To submit files visit 3dprint.library.upenn.edu/submit
What can I print?
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 https://netfabb.azurewebsites.net/
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.
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)
|Formlabs Form 2||
145 x 145 x 175 mm (5.7 x 5.7 x 6 in)
|Stratasys UPrint SE Plus||
203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in)
Minimum layer thickness: 0.254mm (0.010 in)
|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: 0.25mm|
How much does it cost?
Submit your Model
Once you have completed your model, submit your file on 3dprint.library.upenn.edu/submit 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!