Located on Snell Library's second level, the 3D Printing Studio offers a full suite of 3D fabrication and modeling technologies to members of the Northeastern community. Whether it's classwork, research or a personal project, we can help 3D print your model.
For more information, check our FAQ page or contact us at nu3dprintstudio [at] gmail.com or m.sivak [at] northeastern.edu.
3D Printing Studio Hours: Fall 2019
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday - Sunday
The studio is open on weekday holidays unless otherwise stated.
Drop in to learn about the technology available and to receive help or advice with building your 3D project.
If you're not available during studio hours, contact us at nu3dprintstudio [at] gmail.com for more information, instruction and help.
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.
Get started with your 3D project
Send an email at at nu3dprintstudio [at] gmail.com with your STL file(s), 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 include the following information when sending an email:
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.
Google SketchUp Modeling and Exporting for 3D Printing Guidelines
If you have an assembly, which you save as an STL, SolidWorks defaults to saving your components as seperate STLs. 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 ave all components of an assembly in a single file.' Be sure units are in milimeters, as the slicer programs use them.
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.
Optimizing your Rhino models for 3D printing
Maya 2019 has the option for STLExport. 2018 does not support polygon export as STLs, it has to be a Nurbs object. For other versions: 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.
For Form 2 projects, Formlabs has their own software for preparing a 3D model for printing that is available for free. It allows you to see how their model would print, add supports, and see how much resin will be used.
If you decide to prepare the file before sending it to the studio, please send the .form file.
The price of a 3D print is determined by the volume of material used to print (in3 or ml). Each machine uses different material and has different pricing. We take Credit or Debit cards and Husky Dollars.
|Prusa i3 MK3 FDM||5.00/Up to 2in3 ; Additional 1.75 for every extra in3|
|Form 2 SLA: Black, Gray, White, Clear, Lavender Color, Draft Resins||10.00/32ml|
|Form 2 SLA: Flexible, Tough, High Temp, Rigid Resins||10.00/24 ml|
We have a handheld Sense scanner to use for 3D scanning for free use. Ask any staff for assistance!
$5.00 for up to 3 minutes of operation, and then $1.00 for each additional minute.
The laser cutter is run on a first come first serve basis if you are here ready with your material and you've sent us your file. You can submit your files by emailing us at nu3dprintstudio [at] gmail.com.
Please provide your own material, and make sure that it is labeled with what type of material it is! If you do not know your material, we cannot accept it for cutting.
In addition, please make sure your material is precut and does not exceed 16"x12".
Please include the following information when sending an email:
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 widths to .001pt for cutting and scoring lines. Make vector cut lines red (FF0000) and vector score lines green (00FF00). For raster engraving, use blue (0000FF). For multiple jobs, please make multiple artboards or PDF pages in a single file.
If you designed your file in CAD software, please include a labeled dimension for proper scaling.
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.
Fused Deposition Modeling
Prusa i3 MK3
The Fused Deposition Modeling process (FDM) uses extruded thermoplastic to create lightweight, functional, and durable prints.
Max size: 8.3 x 8.3 x 9.84 in. (210 x 210 x 250 mm)
FormLabs Form 2
Stereolithography uses ultraviolet lasers to create strong prints with fine detail from cured resin.
Max size: 5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9 in. (145 x 145 x 175 mm)
|Epilog Zing (30W)||Please provide your own material||
The laser cutter etches or cuts fine detail into sheets of material, such as acrylic, paper or cardboard, etc.
Max size: 12 x 16 in. (304 x 406 mm)
|3D Scanner||Sense Scanner (Gen 1)||-||Handheld 3D scanner than can scan objects and people.|
Working at the 3D Printing Studio
Every semester, we hire undergraduate Work Study students for part time work. We also accept undergraduate volunteers. If you are interested in either, please fill out this form and speak with the Studio Manager during studio hours!
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.