To submit a print, email LSATechnologyServices@umich.edu or complete the online request form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have before completing your print and can provide tips for creating your product.
There are a few applications you can use to create your model. We recommend Tinkercad as a free application that provides reliable results.
Files can be submitted in .STL or .OBJ formats. We recommend uploading them to a Google Drive folder and sharing that out with our team.
Prints are completed on a first come, first served basis. Depending on the size of your prints and the length of our queue, it can take a few days for completion. We will provide an estimated completion date at the time the project is submitted.
Our printers use 1.75mm filament with 0.4 nozzles and can print using PLA or PETG material. Filament can be purchased directly from PRUSA or via other vendors such as Amazon.
For most print cases, we recommend the use of PLA filament. This filament is biodegradable, easier to work with and more forgiving for most use cases.
If needed we can also print on PETG. This filament is stronger and more flexible but can be harder to print with. We ask that you provide filament for your project. We will return all unused filament when the prints are complete. If stored properly, filament can be reused at a later date.