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3D Printing at the Library of Engineering and Science


Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Maker Space within DVELoP (Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue)

Library of Engineering & Science Reference Desk 765-494-0831

Available 3D Printing Hours

The Rules

Rule 0: All prints must follow university guidelines and applicable laws.

  • This includes, but is not limited to: no weapons, nothing that violates IP protections, nothing unsuitable to a library setting.

Rule 1: Prints must be physically printable on the Lulzbot Taz 6

  • Print space is 11" x 11" x 9.8" (279 x 279 x 248mm).  

Rule 2: We have a limit of 50g per print and 100g per patron per month

Rule 3: Submit only one file per request.

  • If you need multiple copies, indicate that in the comments.  (All copies collectively must fit 50g limit)
  • Submit separate requests for each file.

Rule 4: Completed prints must be collected within 2 weeks of Completion email.

Cura for Lulzbot

Image result for cura lulzbot editionCura LulzBot Edition is the free software that we use for all of our printing.  It is already installed on all D-VELoP lab computers, and can be downloaded onto your own computer from

Once you've done this basic setup, you can load your .stl file to preview the size, weight, and even time to print.

1) Select LulzBot TAZ 6 as the printer type.

2) Material Type is PLA (Village Plastics), unless you've provided your own material. 

3) The Generate Support option is the biggest impact on weight.  If your print has any overhangs, you'll need to toggle this on to get an accurate weight estimate.

4) This will tell you the dimensions of your print (height x width x length).  STL files always load with mm as the unit, so verify that your print is the size you need.  If you want to change the size of your print, you can use the resize tool from the left hand column.

5) Print Weight will tell you how much material is needed to print.  The exact weight will depend on various setting, including the infill %, support y/n and support %, but size and design will make the most difference.

Extra Info: Use the Layer View option to switch from viewing the imported model to viewing a preview of how the item will actually be printed.  This is very useful for revealing potential issues with high detail areas and showing where support will be needed.  

Sample Cura screen showing where information can be found.