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Guide to 3D Printing services at the Meyer Library
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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3D printing services are available to MSU students, staff, and faculty at the Meyer Library.  
Come and visit us at the Music and Media desk Mondays to Thursdays, 9 am to 6 pm, or by appointment.
Interested in printing a 3D model?

 Download or design your model (visit Thingiverse, YouMagine, Tinkercador Autodesk 123D).  Would like to design but have no experience at all?  Feel free to drop by the Music and Media desk and request a one-on-one consultation!

• Check to make sure your file is in STL format and error-free (check for gaps and holes) 

• Save your STL file in your usb drive and bring it to us at the Music and Media desk 

• Verify the dimensions and cost of printing your model with us before paying

• Wait to be notified about picking up your print job

New to all this and just curious?  Come and visit us at the Music and Media desk! We will be more than happy to walk through the basics with you!
Where are you located?
Meyer Library Second Level
Who should I talk to if I have questions about the 3D printing service or about using the 3D scanner?
Email Music&
or call 836-5105 (and ask to speak to a supervisor about 3D printing or 3D scanning)
Can I use your services if I am not affliated with MSU?
Please call us or email us to describe your project, and we will try to accommodate your request!
         Mon - Thur    7 am -- 12 am
                     Fri     7 am --  6 pm
                     Sat    9 am --  6 pm
                     Sun   Noon -- 12 am  

3D printing process in a nutshell

3D printing process



Users download or create 3D designs through CAD tools such as Thingiverse, Tinkercad or 123D Design 


Computer Aided Design

The design files are then saved as STL files, so that they can be read by the printer's own software (firmware) 


Standard Tessellation Language, or STereoLithography 

The printer's firmware calculates the path and actions, then prints using FDM technology (additive layer by layer construction) 


Fused Deposition Modeling

ABS is the raw material for printing. (They are stored in spools). 

Soluble support material is also used for printing objects with hollow parts. Spools of raw and support material are fed into the printer, and are melted and squirted through the printer's nozzle during the printing process. 


Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (a kind of thermoplastic)

When printing is done, our SCA is used to dissolve and wash away the soluble support material in a solution of heated water and cleaning agent (EcoWorks). 


Support Cleaning Apparatus


Explore a 3D repository: Scan The World

  is a non-profit initiative to archive objects of cultural significance using 3D scanning and printing. Every object originates from photogrammetry scan data provided by the community and is optimized for 3D printing before being made available online for free.


Jon Beck explains how to scan a sculpture using photogrammetry, that is, capturing 3D scans using your camera or phone.


3D printing, bridge building

Model of a bridge built through 123D Design. Want to learn more? Visit the Thingiverse page for this model for instructions!


What about a real bridge? MX3D's project involves building "a fully functional, intricate steel bridge over water in the center of Amsterdam."


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