The SU Libraries MakerLab offers much more than just 3D printing. You can see the many different types of equipment we have below.
MakerLab staff are on hand at all times to help you with all of this equipment. If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest equipment for us to investigate for the future, feel free to stop by the MakerLab or contact Chris Woodall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to know which of the devices below are currently available, check out our device availability page!
We have one MakerGear M2 available. This is a medium-sized printer that can print objects up to 8" by 10" by 8". There is no LCD panel on these printers, so all control must be done with software on the connected PC. Visit the MakerGear website to see the M2's full technical specifications.
LulzBot Taz 5
We have one LulzBot Taz 5. This is a larger printer than the MakerGear M2s, and it can print objects up to 11.4" by 10.8" by 9.8". This printer features an LCD control panel which allows limited control of the print directly from the printer itself. Visit the LulzBot website to see the Taz 5's full technical specifications.
LulzBot Taz 6
We also have two LulzBot Taz 6s. These printers are roughly the same size as the older Taz 5, although its build area are slightly different (11" by 11" by 9.8"). In addition to the features included with the Taz 5, the Taz 6 also has self-cleaning and self-leveling capabilities, and a more robust tool head. Visit the LulzBot website to see the Taz 6's full technical specifications.
LulzBot Taz 6 Dual Extruder
One of our two LulzBot Taz 6s is equipped with a Dual Extruder. This allows you to create prints using 2 different colors or types of filament. This is often helpful for prints the require a lot of support material, since the second extruder can be used to print the supports with a different type of plastic that is easier to remove.
Please note that printing a model in two different colors requires that the model be created with this in mind. Feel free to ask the MakerLab staff if you have questions about dual extrusion.
We currently have several different colors of filament available, as well as both PLA and ABS plastic. In most cases, we recommend using PLA unless your project has a need for the special qualities of ABS. You can also use PVA filament that dissolves in water to print support structures using our LulzBot Taz 6 that is equipped with a dual extruder.
We use 1.75mm filament for our MakerGear M2 printers, and 2.85mm filament for our LulzBot printers. Unfortunately, at this time we do not allow patrons to use their own filament on our printers. Low quality filament or filament made of unusual materials can damage printers. If you have a need for a special type of filament, please let the MakerLab staff know and we may be able to acquire the necessary filament for you.
The colors that are currently available are:
PVA Support Filament
Sense 3D Scanner
The Sense is a handheld 3D Scanner that is best for scanning large objects. You scan by moving the device up and down, while rotating 360 degrees around the object you wish to scan. This scanner is especially good for scanning busts.
David SLS-3 HD 3D Scanner
The David SLS-3 Scanner is a high-quality scanner that is perfect for scanning small to medium sized objects, or objects with fine details. The scanner uses the structured light scanning method, which creates 3D models of objects by projecting different patters of light onto them. Multiple scans are taken to get a full 360-degree image of the object, and the scans are then combined using software into a coherent model.
We have several Raspberry Pi 3s and Arduino starter kits available. You can use these in any kind of project, but they meet their full potential when joined with 3D printed parts. You can read all about the interesting projects people have made with these little devices on the Arduino and Raspberry Pi websites.
Scribbler 3D Printing Pen
The Scribbler 3D Printing Pen is a 3D printer that you can hold in your hand, and draw with just like a real pen — but in 3D! You can use it to draw 3D objects free-hand, or use it to trace pre-drawn designs. You can also use it to fill in gaps and errors in the prints you create on our larger 3D printers. It uses 1.75 mm filament, the same as our MakerGear printers.
This device laminates standard 8.5" by 11" pieces of paper, one at a time. You insert the piece of paper into a laminating sleeve, and feed it through the laminator. Laminating sleeves can be purchased from MakerLab staff. Please note that you will need to operate the laminator yourself; our staff cannot do it for you.
HTC Vive VR Headset
The HTV Vive is a virtual reality device. It uses "room scale" tracking technology, allowing the user to move in 3D space and use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment.