About 3D Printing

3D printing is one of the newest technologies in the Makerspace. First, a 3D model is created using any of the software packages available on the market. The model's file is then sent to the printer, which reads the file and prepares to print. A solid material is heated to turn it into a liquid, which is placed onto the build plate. A 3-dimensional object is built up layer by layer guided by a computer. The finished print is then ready for use or further processing, depending on the design.

If you've never 3D printed before or would like us to validate a model, please fill out the 3D Print Request Form below. There are many factors that go into a successful 3D print, but the Makerspace staff is available to guide you every step of the way.

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Thinking about cleaning up your print? The Makerspace carries acrylic paint sets and sandpaper for putting a finishing touch on your models.

Ultimaker S5

From the manufacturer

Easily 3D print larger parts with world-leading material compatibility, an award-winning touch interface, and filament run-out detection.

From the manufacturer

  • Geared feeder
  • Heated build plate
  • Touchscreen
  • Network connectivity
  • Dual extrusion
  • Swappable print cores
  • Filament flow sensor
  • Composite and metal compatibility
  • Larger build volume

From the manufacturer

Build Volume

330 x 240 x 300 mm

(13 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches)

Assembled dimensions

495 x 585 x 780 mm

(19.5 x 23 x 30.7 inches)

Print technology

Fused filament fabrication (FFF)

Compatible filament diameter

2.85 mm


20.6 kg (45.4 lbs)

Maximum power output  
Printer Properties
Layer resolution

0.25 mm nozzle: 150 - 60 micron

0.4 mm nozzle: 200 - 20 micron

0.6 mm nozzle: 300 - 20 micron

0.8 mm nozzle: 600 - 20 micron

XYZ resolution

6.9, 6.9, 2.5 micron

Feeder type Dual-geared feeder, reinforced for composite materials

4.7-inch (11.9 cm) color touchscreen

Print core replacement

Swappable print cores

Nozzle diameters

0.25 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.6 mm, 0.8 mm

Operation parameters
Build speed

< 24 mm³/s

Nozzle temperature

180 - 280 °C

Nozzle heat-up time

< 2 minutes

Operating sound < 50 dBA
Build plate leveling Advanced active leveling
Build plate 20 - 140 °C heated glass build plate
Build plate heat-up time < 4 minutes (from 20 to 60 °C)
Operating ambient temperature 15 - 32 °C (59 - 90 °F)
Non-operating temperature 0 - 32 °C (32 - 90 °F)


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The cost of 3D printing is 5 cents/gram. There is no charge for projects under 20 grams for students. 3D printing is free for faculty members of VC/UHV if it's used for academic purposes.

Community users will be asked to place a deposit on any items over $20.

The UHV Library recognizes the limitations of 3D printing technology and does not guarantee that the objects printed will be fit for any particular purpose.