3D printers are now available for use free of charge* to Trinity students and faculty.
Where are they located?
The printers are in the Center for Educational Technology in the library room 105. Climb one flight of stairs and walk down the left hallway. The Center for Educational Technology is on your right, where an STA will help you. We have five Makerbot Replicators available for printing.
How to I get access?
They are not available for full self service just yet. To get started contact the Student Technology Assistants and make an appointment. They will assist you with getting your model ready and sending it to the printer. Email the STA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 860-297-2589.
What times are they available?
Since printing is handled by the Student Technology Assistants the printers are available during their regular office hours: Monday-Wednesday: 8am-9.30pm Thursday: 8am-8pm Friday: 8am-6pm Saturday: 12pm-6.30pm Sunday: 12pm-8pm
Don’t know what to print?
There are several sites such as Makerbot’s Thingiverse that offer free models designed for printing. You can also design your own models using software such as Tinkercad, Autodesk 123D, Solidworks, or even Google Sketchup (you need a free plugin to export to STL files from Sketchup). The models must be in STL format and within the dimensions 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in (25.1 x 19.8 x 14.9 cm).
Are there any limitations or restrictions?
We want to encourage people to experiment so we aren’t putting strict limits on what can be printed but we do request you keep your prints reasonable. Large prints can easily take 24hrs or more to print. We reserve the right to refuse to print items we deem inappropriate or that may require a large amount of resources in terms of both time and materials.
*While we are not charging at the moment the cost of materials is not insignificant. We may start charging in the near future.