3D Printing at STS

Student Technology Services will print your 3D files for free, whether they be a project for class or an amusement for your desk.   Although our services are mainly to meet the needs of residents who live in the university’s residential housing community, if our queue allows, we can also take on projects for WUSTL students in other areas of campus.  Our team can also recommend other 3D printing areas which may be better situated to handle your project.

What is 3D Printing?
3D printers extrude layers of plastic filament in a geometric fashion to turn your digitally-designed project or keepsake from an intangible image on your computer screen into something you can hold in your hand.

We have four printers — a Lulzbot Taz 5, a Printrbot Simple, a Prusa and an Ultimaker 2+ — which can handle most types of prints.

How to Submit a 3D Print Job:

  1. Visit our Gregg Storefront offices with a copy of your print job’s file, OR send the file as an attachment to student.technology@wustl.edu.  The files should be .STL, .3MF, or .OBJ filetypes.
  2. Specify if this print is for a class project.
  3. Give us the hoped-for deadline date for the print’s completion.
  4. Note what color you would prefer.  Please include several acceptable back-up color choices as well.

We require a minimum two weeks in advance for class projects, however, keep in mind that jobs requiring multiple prints or parts could require even more time to complete.  Send an email to student.technology@wustl.edu to discuss your project with a member of our 3D team, to make sure you have the best chance of getting a print done in time for your deadline.

For the 2017 Fall semester we would need projects submitted to us by November 21.

Our Printers:

Ultimaker 2+
The very first 3D printer used by STS, this Ultimaker product is an upgrade on the award-winning Ultimaker 2 and it has garnered recognition of its own, named as the “best prosumer 3D printer” in the 2017 3D Printer Guide by 3D Hubs.  Bed Size: 8.1 by 8.8 by 8.8 inches.

Made by Lulzbot, this printer was named “Best overall” 3D printer by Make magazine, as well as “Best Printer Under $3,000” by 3D Forged.  Bed Size: 11.7 by 10.8 by 9.8 inches.

Prusa i3 Mk2
One of the latest additions to our 3D printing area, the Prusa has become quite popular in the 3D printing community world-wide and has also been recognized by Make Magazine, in 2017 winning their award for “Outstanding Open Source”, “Best Value”, and “Best Overall.”   Bed Size: 9.84 by 8.3 by 8 inches.

Printrbot Simple
Another one of our new machines, the Printrbot Simple has become a common printer to see in educational institutions as well as Makerspaces around the world and we look forward to putting it through its paces in STS.  Bed Size: 4 by 4 by 4.5 inches.

Send an email to student.technology@wustl.edu to schedule time with a member of our 3D team.  They are:

Nadine A.
Andrew G.
Bryan O.
Puneet S.
Peeti S.

We would also be glad to schedule time for you or a small group to see the basics of 3D printing in action – from preparing a file for production, to sending it to the printer, to the final output.