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Guide to 3D Printing services at the Meyer Library
Last Updated: Feb 14, 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


View 3D models in Virtual Reality

Sketchfab is a platform for publishing, sharing, and discovering 3D models.

The website allows viewing of models through a 3D model viewer and also in virtual reality mode (if you have a google cardboard / vr headsets).  Explore the models at Sketchfab and check out one of the models from their Cultural Heritage collection below!


Egyptian Boat by The British Museum on Sketchfab

Interested in viewing Sketchfab models in virtual reality mode? Just make a reservation to use our VR googles! To learn more, visit our VR subject guide!


Explore a 3D repository: Smithsonian X3D

Smithsonian X 3D is a repository of downloadable models of artifacts from Smithsonian collections. Browse and explore their 3D models. Below: after the Kéet S’aaxw (Killer Whale Hat) was repatriated to the Dakl’aweidi the clan leader, Edwell John, Jr., brought it back to the Smithsonian to be 3D scanned so an accurate replica could be made and displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.         

Smithsonian specialists explain how the 3D printing of artifact models enables a more open form of exhibiting and sharing these objects in their gallery.


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