Makerspace Lab

 

The Maker Space is available to all UND students, faculty, and staff with a valid U Card. The lab is operated by University Information Technology (UIT) and is located in the lower level of the Chester Fritz Library, room 130A. Any student, faculty, or staff member on campus can use the lab’s equipment by submitting a design.

The Maker Space is operated by students of UND Tech Support with oversight from full-time staff.


Equipment

The Maker Space has several different types of equipment for various fabrication needs. These include:

  • Ultimaker S5 3D Printer, compatible with 2.85mm (See "Compatible 3D Printer Filaments/Materials" below for more information)
  • Ultimaker 3 3D Printer, compatible with 2.85mm (See "Compatible 3D Printer Filaments/Materials" below for more information)
  • Modix Big 120Z V3 3D Printer, compatible with 1.75mm (See "Compatible 3D Printer Filaments/Materials" below for more information)
  • GlowForge Laser Cutter
  • Cricut Maker Vinyl Cutter
  • Bantam Tools PCB Mill/Precision CNC

Note: All equipment can be used free of charge if you decide to bring your own filament/material. 


Submit a Design

Those who would like to 3D print should submit a design request. A valid UND U Card is required at drop-off and pick-up. Designs should be submitted as a .STL or .3mf file for 3D printing, or .SVG, .G or .GCODE for CNC/Laser designs. UND Tech Support staff will assist with printing options such as:

  • Printer choice (Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3, Modix Big 120Z)
  • Printing color (dependent on printer choice)
  • Printing filament/material (dependent on printer choice)
  • Infill 
  • Print resolution (draft, normal, fine)
  • Purpose of the part (personal, research, class project)

Note: We prioritize educational prints in our print queue over the rest, so it is important to let us know what the purpose of your print is.  Additionally, If you do not specify what printing options you want, your print will be 20% infill, with triangle infill type by default.


Policies

The UND Maker Space must be used exclusively for lawful, non-commercial purposes and in compliance with all UND policies. The equipment in the lab may only be used for lawful purposes and may not be used to create anything 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. UND Tech Support reserves the right to refuse to print any object for any reason.

Examples of unacceptable objects:

  • Objects that could be conveyed as harmful, offensive, or obscene.
  • Objects that could be used or mistaken for as a weapon.
  • Athletic Logos / Mascots.

If you have not collected your request within 14 days, you will be charged for the material used to print the request and the item(s) become the property of the university to be discarded at our discretion.

The person who placed the request must present their U Card when picking up models. Any objects not picked up in 14 days will be deemed abandoned.

UND Tech Support will not provide any post-processing of models, such as the removal of support material for 3D prints.


Compatible 3D Printer Filaments/Materials

Please read the below qualifications for compatible materials/filaments before bringing in your own materials/filaments.

  • Ultimaker S5, and S3:
    • Compatible material/filaments: 2.85mm PLA, Tough PLA, ABS, TPU, PETG, Nylon, and PVA.
    • S5 object build area: 330 x 240 x 300 mm
    • S3 object build area: 230 x 190 x 200 mm
  • Modix Big 120Z 
    • Compatible material/filaments: 1.75mm PLA, ABS, TPU, ASA, and PETG.
    • Modix object build area: 600 mm x 600 mm x 1200 mm

Note: Those providing filaments can 3D print free of charge. An extra 10 grams of material is required to allow calibrations for the filament.


Pricing

Completed prints and projects may be paid for by exact change, credit/debit card, or interdepartmental fund number. UIT cannot break bills, or provide change for inexact cash payments.

  • Ultimaker S5 and S3:
    • PLA: $0.07 per gram
    • Tough PLA: $0.07 per gram
    • PVA: $0.14 per gram
  • Modix Big 120Z
    • PLA $0.035 per gram

Note: If a compatible filament does not have a price listed, UIT does not have it in stock, however, the requestor can still bring their own as long as it is compatible. See "Compatible 3D Printer Filaments/Materials​​​​​​​" above for information on compatible filaments/materials.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who can use the Lab?

3D printing is available to all UND students, faculty and staff with a valid U Card. Please submit a 3D print design request.


Where can I find objects to print?

The following websites have ready-to-print 3D model designs:


How can I create my own models?

There is a variety of modeling software available. This list provides only a few for beginners:

  • 123D Design - Is a free, powerful, yet simple 3D creation and editing tool from Autodesk. (Recommended)
  • Sketchup  - Users will need to make sure to add the  Sketchup STL  from the Extension Warehouse.
  • Tinkercad - Start designing in seconds with this browser-based 3D design platform.
  • Autodesk Fusion 360 Education Edition -  Those with .edu emails can sign up for the full version of Autodesk Fusion 360. (Advanced)

What if you don't have the filament I need?

  • Those providing filaments can 3D print free of charge. An extra 10 grams of material is required to allow calibrations for the filament.
  • Filaments must be compatible with one of our printers  Carefully read the "Compatible 3D Printer Filaments/Materials" section above.
  • When submitting a printing request, there will be an option to bring your filament/material. Simply select the option before submitting the form. 
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