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3D Printing: Introduction

Now Available!

3D Scanner

DAVID SLS-2 Structured Light Scanner  - a high-precision high-speed 3D Scanner.  3D scanners enable you to capture a three dimensional image of an object, edit it, and print it on a 3D printer.

David SLS-2
 is now available to all NSU students, staff and faculty. has more than 5000 online courses including TinkerCad, AutoCAD, using makerbot printers, 3D scanning and more.  Try these tutorials to get started. 

3D Printing at the Martin and Gail Press HPD Library

The HPD Library has two 3D printers.  We want to give our students and faculty the opportunity to explore this innovative technology and to create customized objects for medical education, research, and patient care.

Examples of 3D printed medical applications include:

  • Prostheses
  • Anatomical models
  • Surgical guides
  • Custom medical, dental, and lab equipment

Interested in using our 3D printer?  Stop by or give us a call to discuss your project ideas.

3rd Dimension Innovation Lab

Our printers have a new home in the 3rd Dimension Innovation Lab
The lab has two 3D printers, a Kinect 3D scanner, and a variety of 3D design and editing software available for you to use. 

Lulzbot TAZ 5 Printer

















The HPD Library has a second printer, the Lulzbot TAZ 5, funded by a National Network of Libraries award.

This printer has a heated bed and a print head that give it the capability to print with a variety of materials.

The TAZ 5 has multiple printer heads, allowing it to print in both hard and flexible materials, and two types of materials at the same time


This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.




3D Printer


The HPD Library purchased a MakerBot Replicator. It creates objects from digital files by applying successive layers of material. This printer uses PLA (polylactic acid) filament, a biodegradable corn-based plastic.


Who can use the 3D printer?

The HPD Library's 3D printer is available to HPD students, faculty, and staff to print 3D objects for educational, research, and patient care projects.


How much does it cost?

3D printing is free.


Where do I locate an object to print?

Take a look at our Resources section on this guide or speak to one of the librarians for assistance.


Can you design an object for me?

No, we do not provide a 3D design service, but we can offer some guidance on the open source software available to design a model or to modify a model that you find online.


How long does it take to print an object?

Hard to say. That depends on the size, shape, density, etc. of your model. After we take a look at your design, we can give you an estimate. Also, keep in mind that we often have a waiting list.


What color can I print my object? 

Material stock changes over time. We usually have several colors available in a variety of materials.  Check with us for current availablity.


How large an object can I print?

The print platform is 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9. inches on the MakerBot, and 11.4 x 10.8 x 9.8 inches on the TAZ 5.  If your object is larger, we would need to either reduce the size or print the object in pieces. 


What type of file does the printer accept?

.stl files are the most common files used by 3D printers.  We can also convert most .obj files.