3D Printing now Available!

Miami University Library is proud to announce 3D printing at the Center for Information Management at King Library and the Digital Den at B.E.S.T. Library! MU Libraries recently acquired two MakerBot Replicators. These printers are able to print virtually any object using ABS plastic, the same type that is used in the production of Lego’s™, and are able to print in a volume roughly the same as a loaf of bread. Some of the printer specifications:

Build envelope 225 x 145 x 150 mm | 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 in Build volume About 5 liters Layer thickness Choose 0.2-0.3 mm with stock nozzle

Stock nozzle diameter Stock 0.4 mm

Speed 40 mm/s

Flow Rate Approximately 24 cc/hr

Extruder Temperature Recommended Maximum 230 C Heated Build Platform 120 C Maximum Positioning precision 2.5 micron on Z axis 11.micron on XY axis

So you might ask yourself, how do I get something printed in 3D? This is a mediated service; you must first set a consultation with either Jon Cameron at the Center for Information Management or John Williams at the Digital Den. We will then discuss the project you would like printed and the limitations of the printer in regards to your project. 3D printing is not like printing on a sheet of paper, it takes time, many hours in some cases and less in others, a lot depends on how detailed your object is. The charge for printing is $0.20 per gram. This cost is for everything that the printer prints, including the supports if needed for your project. If you are looking for something to pass around class or have a prototype that you would like to build, come to the B.E.S.T. or King Libraries for your 3D printing needs!