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 request a consultation using the link 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.

Click here to submit a file for 3D printing. Click here to request a 3D Printing consultation.


Customer Type Charge / gram of printed filament
UHV/VC Students, Faculty, and staff $0.05 *
Non-affiliates and community members $0.10 **

* There is no charge for projects under 20 grams for students.

** 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. 

What does resolution mean?

In 3D Printing resolution refers to how tall each layer is. The smaller the layer the more detail comes out in the finished print. The Ultimaker S5 has the following resolutions available:

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)


From the manufacturer

User manual (English)

Chess board showing 3d chess pieces
Fig.1 - Chess Board with 3d printed chess pieces

3d printed coral samples
Fig. 2 - 3d printed sea coral