Located in the Digital Media Commons (DMC) on Snell Library's second level, the 3D Printing Studio offers the resources of a full suite of 3D fabrication and modeling technologies to members of the Northeastern community: students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff. Whether it's classwork, research or a personal project, we can 3D print your model.
Faculty: if you have an assignment involving 3D printing and you would like us to work with your class please contact us at
nu3dprintstudio [at] gmail.com
3D Printing Studio Hours
|Monday- Friday||9 am - 5 pm|
Drop in, or schedule a time to learn about the technology available and to receive help or advice with building your 3D model.
Schedule a consulation with us.
If you're not available during studio hours, contact us at nu3dprintstudio [at] gmail.com for more information, instruction and help.
Get started with your 3D project
Use our online order form below to upload an .STL or .VRML file to the studio, and you'll be able to get started with your own 3D project. We will review your file and quote you a price for the 3D print, then send you an email when your build is ready to be picked up.
Please name your files as 'Lastname_modelname' If you have multiple STL's please put them together in a .zip folder and name the .zip 'Lastname_projectname'
Almost any geometry from a computer model in three dimensions can be printed, whether it was designed in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Maya, Rhino, ZBrush, Google Sketchup, MatLab, or another modeling program. However, there can be some extra steps involved to make your models 3D printable. Check out our guidelines below to find out more.
Modeling and Exporting for 3D Printing Tips and Tricks
If you're new to 3D modeling, Google Sketchup is a simple place to start. Check out our SketchUp guidelines to model and export for 3D printing.
If you have an assembly, which you save as an STL, SolidWorks defaults to saving your components as seperate STL's. This is usually what is desired and best for 3D printing. However you can save the assembly as one STL by going to File>Save As, select STL from the drop down menu, click Options and check 'Save all components of an assembly in a single file.'
Before you export an .STL from Rhino, change your units to millimeters. 3D printing software reads units as millimeters, so if you export a model that is is .25x.25x.25 feet in Rhino, it will show up in our software as being .25x.25x.25 mm. Also check out the tutorial below.
If you do not see STL as an option to export a model as, you must go to Windows>Settings/Preferences>Plug-in Manager, then scroll to find the 'DirectCOnnect.mll.' Check 'Loaded' and 'AutoLoad' next to this option and close the Plug-in Manager. Now when you go to export the model you should see STL_DCE as an option.
The price of a 3D print is determined by the volume of material used to print (in3) Each machine uses different material and has different pricing. We take Credit or Debit cards and Husky Dollars.
|Up to 2 cubic inches of material ($)||Each additional cubic inch ($)|
|ZPrinter 450 Powder||10||5|
|Form 1 SLA||10||5.50|
|Objet 24 Polymer Jetting||35||20|
|Dimension Elite FDM||40||20|
No charge. Please contact the 3D Printing Studio to reserve.
$5 for up to 2 minute of operation, then $1 for each additional minute (most cutting jobs take less than 2 minutes). The laser cutter is run on a first come first serve basis if you are here ready with your material and files on a flash drive. You can submit your files to us for review as a .zip to our Order Form above, if you wish.
Please have an Illustrator (.ai), PDF, or an SVG file for laser cutting, along with your material to be cut. We cannot laser cut from AutoCAD files here.
Set your line width's to .001pt for cutting and scoring lines. Make cut lines red and score lines blue. For multiple jobs, please make multiple artboards or PDF pages in a single file.
If you have text in an Illustrator file, select the text and go to Type>Create Outlines. This converts the text to vector shapes, and avoids any font changes when we open the file.
If you just want to engrave, a JPEG or PNG works.
Engraving Area: 16"x12"
The technology in the 3D Printing Studio is more than just printers. You can also scan existing objects to create digital 3D models, use the laser cutter to etch patterns into flat surfaces, and more.
|Creates high-resolution, smooth parts, with a high level of detail.|
ZCorp ZPrinter 450
Creates full-color 3D prints relatively quickly.
This machine was provided to the 3D Printing Studio courtesy of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.
Fused Deposition Modeling
SeeMeCNC ROSTOCK MAX V2
Makerbot Replicator 2
Makerbot Replicator 2X
|The Fused Deposition Modeling process (FDM) uses extruded thermoplastic to create lightweight, functional, and durable prints.|
|Stereolithography uses ultraviolet lasers to create strong prints with fine detail from cured resin.|
|Epilog Zing (30W)||The laser cutter etches or cuts fine detail into sheets of material, such as acrylic, paper or cardboard, cork, polished stone, foam, leather, ceramics, or anodized aluminum.|
Sense 3D Scanner
The scanner can be used to create digital 3D models of physical things, to help get you started with you project using existing objects, such as sculpture.
The Fine Print
The 3D Printing Studio must be used exclusively for lawful, non-commercial purposes and in compliance with all Northeastern University policies. Users may not collect, upload, transmit, display, create or distribute any thing or content that violates or may violate any law or third-party right, including, without limitation, any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right. The 3D Printing Studio reserves the right to refuse to scan or print any object for any reason.