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3D Printing @ Pendergrass

3D Printing @ Pendergrass


 

Pendergrass Library Provides Access to 3D Printing for all UT faculty, staff, and students!

How can I print something?

UT affiliates may create or download a model and submit the request in STL format via our online form. Contact Richard Sexton (jsexton3@utk.edu) with questions.  You may also supply a link to a downloadable .STL file from a repository such as Thingiverse.

What types of material are available?
We have three 3D printers available at Pendergrass Library:  One uPrint SE Plus and two LulzBot Taz 6

  • The uPrint SE Plus is a professional grade 3D printer that utilizes ABS plastic to produce durable, functional, precisely detailed models and parts.
  • The LulzBot TAZ is a consumer / hobbyist grade machine that utilizes nGen type plastic.

This printer performs well on models that require no support structure during the build process.  However the LulzBot TAZ can print cutaway type support structure that is removed once the print job is complete.  Please rely on Pendergrass staff to determine whether the request is suitable for this printer.  If it is determined that your model is not suitable for the LulzBot TAZ, AVM staff will recommend the uPrint SE plus. A cost estimate will be produced for your approval.  Once approval is given, your project will proceed in the order received.

What colors are available?
The uPrint SE Plus utilizes ABS plastic (with dissolvable support) with the following colors available:

  • Army Green
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Ivory
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow

LulzBot TAZ utilizes nGen plastic with the following colors available:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Red
  • White

What does it cost?
Models created on the uPrint SE Plus are calculated by the cubic inch of material used (both support and model material) as well as consumables.  The average cost is about $3.50 per cubic inch.

The LulzBot TAZ is $0.10 per gram of material used.

For perspective, a simple phone case produced on the uPrint SE Plus is about $8.50 while the same case produced on the  LulzBot TAZ $1.00.

Please note, we reserve the right to review all submissions for viability and appropriateness.

What if I don't have design skills?
No problem.  A repository of items that can be printed is available at Thingiverse.com.

Who should I contact for more information?
For more information, contact:

Richard Sexton

865-974-4731  |  jsexton3@utk.edu

libguides.utk.edu/pendergrasstechnology