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Library Boasts Updated 3D Print Lab in New Makerspace

by Jennifer Galeota -

Culminating a three-year project, the library now boasts a new, fully operational, and fully updated 3D Printing Lab in its new first floor Makerspace. 3D printing is the ability to create three-dimensional objects using specialized software to create 3D models made of plastic (or other materials) that has been melted and resolidified into the desired design.

The lab houses four Ultimaker S5s, two MakerBot Methods, one MakerBot Z18, and a MakerBot Replicator Plus, making it one of the largest and best equipped 3D Makerspaces in Hampton Roads.

With 3D printing, students and faculty can create models of buildings, people and things. The potential in STEM projects, such as engineering prototypes, can be actualized like never before. Nursing, Allied Health, Physical Education students, and others can print models of the human body to study. It is easily one of the more amazing spaces the library has to offer.

This beautiful, yet functional room is surrounded by glass, with one glass wall looking out onto the quad. It is conveniently located on the south side of the first floor of the library, so even the shy and curious can find a spot to see these awesome machines in action. 

The new lab boasts eight 3D printers. Six of these are cutting-edge models that can print in multiple colors, material types, and with support material that can simply be washed away with water leaving the cleanest possible print. Additionally, there is a computer and special 3D Modeling software to create your ideas, tables to work at, and a variety of tools for working with 3D prints. 

Each 3D printer has different strengths. The Ultimaker S5s are perfect for prototyping and engineering projects due to their high precision. The MakerBots, especially the new MakerBot Methods, tend to be the easiest and fastest of the machines and are great for those new to 3D printing. All of the new machines offer great flexibility with features such as a variety of materials, colors and wash away support material. 

Ready to dive in, or are you wondering, “how can I incorporate 3D printing into my assignments or course materials?” With 3D printing, you are truly only limited by your own imagination. Need to have a visual aid and really want to wow your professor or department head, or are you just curious? Make your appointment today at 3D Print Reservations and discover how 3D printing can enhance any project. Click this link to check out the 3D Printing at NSU.