Located on the south end of Raether LITC Level 1, the Center for Educational Technology is a newly remodeled space for collaborative and individual study using the latest in technology and applications. The space is open 24/7, and staffed by Student Technology Assistants during both day and evening hours.

The CET is outfitted with large screens of various sizes that you can connect any device to; Mac minis with dual monitors, and some with Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite; USB charging plugs in every outlet; 3D printers; virtual reality headsets; and of course – plenty of modern soft seating.

3D Printing

3D printers are available for use free of charge* to Trinity students and faculty in room 115, across from the CET. There are five Makerbot Replicators available for printing.

To get started, contact the Student Technology Assistants for help getting your model ready and sending it to the printer. You may email the STA office at sta-help@trincoll.edu, call at 860-297-2589, or make an appointment online.

Printing is available during STA 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 123DSolidworks, 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).

See our gallery for more ideas.

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.