Printers for 3D printing in the libraries are currently available in McKeldin's Terrapin Learning Commons and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library.
This is mediated service provided by the libraries, so print requests will be submitted and that library staff will print the forms. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to submit their print request to either McKeldin or STEM Library. The library where the request is submitted will be the library where the 3D object is picked up by the user. Users will receive email updates about the status of their prints, including when their item is ready for pick up.
The libraries have purchased two kinds of 3D printers: the MakerBot Relicator 2 and the MakerBot Replicator 2X. Both of these printers use PLA filament, which is a nontoxic resin made from plants such as corn and sugarcane.
3D printing in the libraries is made possible with the help of the Library Technology fee.
Located in McKeldin Library, the John and Stella Graves MakerSpace is a location that students can use to become familiar with new technology and create new things. The MakerSpace has a variety of technologies for students to sample besides 3D printing. Students can also experiement with vinyl cutters, soldering kits, and more! According to EDUCAUSE, makerspaces are centers of technological experimentation, where people can meet to explore new mediums and create together.
For more information on makerspaces, including th John and Stella Graves MakerSpace in McKeldin, and to reserve time in UMD's own makerspace, use the links below:
Check back for more information about other fabrication labs on campus!