3D printers allow you to turn your ideas into physical objects. Maker Hub has several types of 3D printers available. 3D prints are free for Elon students, faculty and staff.
Project ideasSearch Thingiverse for 3D models that you can print.
3D printing FAQs
Is there a charge for 3D printing?
No, during this pilot phase of the Maker Hub there is no cost for printing.
Can I print whatever I want?
How can I learn to 3D print?
Two ways – ask a Maker Hub Consultant or attend a 3D Printing: Getting Started workshop. Click on Sign up on the Maker Hub homepage for a list of upcoming trainings. Unlock some of our other equipment, attending a workshop is not required to use the 3D printers.
Can I print in colors?
Yes, we know stock a variety of colors in Maker Hub – Downtown.
How long does it take to print something on the 3D printer?
This depends on the final quality and detail of your printed object. You can expect to print objects like phone cases, plaques, and other small items in under an hour. Large complex pieces can take dozens of hours. The printing software should provide you with a rough estimate of print time.
Software (available on Maker Hub PCs)
3D design and modeling software
Use one of these tools to design your 3d model.
Tinkercad: free web app, signup required
Intuitive beginner 3D design program, suitable for small trinkets and simple designs
Fusion 360: free install for students, makers, and university employees
Advanced 3D CAD/CAM package, best for technical designs and machine work, supports assemblies and multiple components.
3D printing software
Use one of these tools to prepare your file for the 3D printer.
Simplify 3D: Available in the Maker Hub – Colonnades
Cura: A free download