3D Printing

3D printing is available in the J. E. Smith Library


Where is 3D printing?

The 3D printing lab is located in room LIB 235, in the J. E. Smith Library.

What is 3D printing?

3D printers use digital models to fabricate three-dimensional objects one layer at a time. The process has been used in engineering and commercial settings for almost 30 years. Low cost 3D printers, do-it-yourself kits, and open source software are bringing the technology into broader use.

Why is CIT offering this service?

We endeavor to provide the latest technology and tools to enhance research and experiential learning. 3D printers are already starting to be used in departments and programs on campus (such as earth and environmental sciences, theater and computer science).

What equipment and materials do you use?

We have 4 MakerBot Replicator 5th generation printers and one MakerBot z18 printer which print in a variety of single colors. The printers use plant-based, recyclable PLA plastic (#7).

Who can use this service?

Priority is for Eastern students who have been assigned undergraduate class work. Faculty, and staff may also take advantage of the lab.
Contact CIT to a arrange a time for training and access to the lab.

What is the turnaround time?

Printing times vary based on size, complexity, and any backlog. Once you submit your request, we will contact you within two business days with an approximate turnaround time. To best accommodate large orders, please contact us 4-6 weeks prior to your “need by” date at cit@easternct.edu. For instructors, please contact us at the beginning of the semester so we can coordinate the best time for your class to submit their projects.

What kind of file will the 3D printer accept?
  1. Get your 3D model ready
  2. Save the model as .stl file (maximum size 50 MB)
Contact Us

CIT – Center for Instructional Technology  |  Eastern Connecticut State University
cit@easternct.edu  |  Office: 860-465-1248
CIT (LIB 420) & 3D Print Lab (LIB 235)