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3D Printing in the Bollinger Digital Fabrication Lab, Biotech Commons (3D@TheLibrary): 3D@Penn

3D Printing Services on Campus

Who and where Printer(s) Policies/Procedures
3D Printing Lab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP – main campus) 
  • Primarily serves direct hospital efforts with priority granted to work from funding divisions.
  • Depending on the scope of the project the primary charge is for material, though expenses for final delivered pieces may include more.
  • Print files must be in .STL format, final design size must not exceed an 8 cm volume.
  • Turnaround time is approximately 5-10 business days, depending on volume.
  • Services for medical imaging segmentation as well as creating customized design elements may also be provided with additional consultation, image requirements, and cost.
3D Printing @ Biomed in the Holman Biotech Commons Johnson Pavilion - 36th & Hamilton Walk
  • Serves all Penn affiliates
  • Printing for academic, clinical, and research projects is free. All other items cost $10/cubic inch. 
  • .STL file submission via website submission form
  • Turnaround time and cost estimates provided upon inspection of the file.  
AddLab - Towne 187 in the Engineering Quad
  • The majority of requests are from University affiliated research labs (MOD, KOD, GRASP, Haptics, etc.). Also, print senior design student projects and an occasional outside request.
  • Printing Costs are $12/cubic inch for the Fortus 450mc, $20/gram for the Objet (not cubic inch) and $20/cubic inch for the Projet. 
  • .STL file submissions via email.  
  • Turnaround time is 3-5 days. 

3D Printing @ The Education Commons  - Weiss Pavilion in Franklin Field. Maps and directions here.

Temporarily closed due to Covid-19

  • Serves all Penn community members. Personal prints are welcome, but academic prints will receive priority in the queue. 
  • Turnaround time is dependent on the queue.  Requests are generally completed on a first-come, first-served basis, but prints may be reordered to optimize efficiency.
  • We will attempt to meet requested deadlines whenever possible, but turnaround time cannot be guaranteed.  Users are advised to plan ahead to submit requests as far in advance of deadlines as possible. 
  • Printing is currently free. This may change in the future.
  • Only .STL files accepted.

Fabrication Lab in the School of Design - 408 Myerson Hall.

  • The use of this 3D Printer is restricted to academic work only. Students may not use it for personal projects, work for professional firms, or for academic work outside of Penn Design.
  • We serve the student body here in the School of Design. Occasionally we have done work for other schools within the university, and secondary educational groups, however our students work is the priority of the lab. We do not serve any individuals or private organizations outside of the university.
  • We charge based on the size of the individual print which is a calculation of all the material used to create the 3D print.
  • No extra layers. Files with layers that do not pertain to the 3D Printing process will not be accepted.
  • Files size is limited to 64MB. Files can be created in Rhino, Maya, 3d Studio Max or SolidWorks. 
  • All files must be expressed in inches at a 1:1 scale 
  • Models are limited to a working envelope of 8” x 8” x 12”.
  • Students must submit and review their file with the operator prior to printing. All students who have submitted their file to the 3D Printer queue must supply their PennDesign login in order to charge their bursar's account. 
  • The 3D Printer operator will supply each student with an estimate of the time to print student’s file and the associated cost
  • The turnaround time is dependent on the queue.  We run on a first come first serve bases. A file can take anywhere from 3 hours to over 100 hours. When the part starts is, again, dependent on where it is placed in the queue


3D printing services in the Philadelphia area