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UF Libraries 3D Lab: FAQs

Pre-Processing FAQs

How do I submit a 3D print job?

See details on the submitting page!

What file formats do you accept?

We use STL files to prepare models for printing. This is the most common format and most 3D modeling software should have the option to export as an STL. It is important that your STL file is exported in binary format with mm (millimeter) units. Please contact us if you need help.

What are the maximum XYZ print dimensions?

Approximately 10.5" x 10.5" x 9.5". If you need larger, you may print in parts and then fuse them together. Several small pieces can also be printed together.

How much does printing cost?

Cost is calculated by mass at the rate of $.15/gram with a minimum charge is $3. The mass of a model includes support material. Most items under 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" cost $3. A case or box around 6.5" x 3.5" x 3" costs around $20. There are ways to reduce the mass of a model. Please contact us if this is important for your print request.

When will my job be finished?

We appreciate your patience because we are not able to guarantee print completion times. In addition to the time required to print, time to print depends on how many other jobs are waiting to print. We print on a first-to-pay schedule, and our labs are staffed by students, not for production printing. You will receive status updates about your print via e-mail. Again, thank you for being patient!

Post-Processing FAQs


How can I color my object?

Nail polish is cheap, available in a wide range of colors and textures, and each color has its own brush!  Acrylic and model paints should work.

What glue should I use to combine or repair parts?

Recommendations include model airplane cement and "good quality" superglue.   Loctite and Krazyglue have product comparison charts.

Are pieces waterproof?  How can I protect the surface?

Some printed pieces seem to be waterproof and some don't.  Use a waterproofing agent if needed. Consider using XTC-3D (an epoxy coating) for smoothing and finishing.

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