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MakerLab Services

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 us at

While many of our services are provided free of charge, some do require payment. These are mostly services that require the use of materials provided by the MakerLab. You can see a full breakdown of our prices on this price sheet.

All Services

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3D Printing

We have several different types of 3D printers available. If you are unsure of what would work best for your project, we are happy to provide a consultation. We also have a guide to getting started with 3D printing available!

Getting Started with 3D Printing

3D Printing Materials

The MakerLab stocks a number of basic materials that are available any time. This includes PLA in a wide variety of colors, as well as materials for our SLA printer and laser cutter. We also offer a number of additional colors and more advanced materials that are available by request.

You can use our Material Explorer to view all the materials available at the MakerLab and whether or not they need to be requested. If you have any questions or need to use material that is not listed, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your project with you.

Go to the Material Explorer

3D Scanning

We offer a handheld scanner for scanning larger objects but with less detail, and a high-definition stationary scanner for high detail scans of smaller objects.

Laser Cutting & Engraving

Glowforge Laser Cutter/Engraver The Glowforge Laser Cutter/Engraver allows cutting or engraving of materials such as plywood, acrylic, leather, and more. You can create engraving and cutting patterns using a variety of methods, from scanning printed images to creating custom cutting patterns using vector image software.

If you are interested in using this device, visit the MakerLab or contact us to learn about its requirements and limitations. Note that we prefer you to use materials provided by the MakerLab; we will evaluate other materials on a case-by-case basis.

Glowforge technical specifications

iPad Checkouts

iPads, Apple Pencils, and iPad Smart Keyboards can be checked out from the SU Libraries MakerLab by SU students, faculty, and staff for up to two weeks. Please not that renewals are not allowed.

We currently have 20 iPads available for checkout. All iPads come with at least 32 GB of internal storage and include a case, power adapter and cable, and an Apple Pencil if desired. We also have a limited quantity of iPad Smart Keyboards that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

While an appointment is not required to check out an iPad, we do recommend that you make an appointment before your visit. This helps us ensure that a device will be available for you when you arrive. When making your appointment, please select "Device Checkout" as the appointment type, and indicate that you would like to check out an iPad in the description. You can also check our Device Availability page to see what iPads are available.

For a complete list of our iPad circulation policies, please see our Policies page.

VR/AR Equipment

Our virtual and augmented reality equipment is available for checkout so you can use it outside of the MakerLab. If you're interested in using any of this equipment, we recommend making an appointment or reaching out to us through email at

Other Equipment