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To 3D print on either the Dimension, Objet, or ProJet (the staff-operated machines), you must submit your part via email to enter our queue. We are able to check your parts to make sure they are printable, give you feedback on any issues we see, and provide cost estimates. Please note that we will go ahead and print a part (as long as it looks printable) unless you have specifically requested a cost estimate.
The first step is to create an STL file of your model. This is the industry standard geometry file used for 3D printing. To export your file from SolidWorks, please follow the STL export guide.
Once you have your STL file, you can send your job into the print queue by following our part submission guidelines. We will form a queue based on the submission time of your email, so make sure you submit a job with enough time before any deadline. Please be aware that each print job has a estimated 3 day turn around time.
Upon successful completion of your part(s), the cost will be charged to either your class, research lab, or personal account. Do not worry about paying in cash for your print jobs. We operate on a semester billing cycle through the university. So, you will be charged through the university bursar at the end of the quarter once your job is complete.