3D Printing in the Robarts Digital Studio

The Robarts Digital Studio has 2 LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printers. Students, faculty, and staff with a valid TCard can get certified to use the printers.

How do I use the printers?

  1. Obtain certification to operate the 3D printers at the certification course in the Digital Studio.
  2. Sign safety and liability waivers.
  3. Pass a 3D printing knowledge test.
  4. Reserve a 3D printer through the group study room booking website.

Your design is uploaded to the printer using an SD card, which must be formatted as FAT-32.

Where are the 3D printers located?

The printers are located in the Digital Studio on the first floor of Robarts Library.

When can I book time on the printer?

Printers are available by reservation only through the group study room booking website. The service will be open Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

How much does it cost?

The cost of using a 3D printer is $1.50 (includes HST) per 30 minutes of reservation time. Users must pay prior to their reservation time. Printing charges apply regardless of the success of the print.

What are the finished products made of?

The 3D printers at the Robarts Digital Studio use PLA (polyactic acid), a biodegradeable thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from corn starch. It's safe to use in our space.

We currently have filament in the following colours: blackneon orangeredgreenyellow, and translucent light blue! Unless otherwise requested, you will print your job in whatever colour is loaded into the printer when you begin your booking. If you would like to print in a specific colour that we offer, choose the filament colour when booking the printer. Please note that colour requests cannot be guaranteed.

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