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3D and Wide-Format Printing

3D Printing and Wide-Format Printing services are available during staffed hours in the DiSCO Lab.  Find more information below.

3D Printing

$10/cubic inch of material used
A 3.5 inch tall figurine is approx. 1 cubic inch worth of material

Wide-Format Printing

$0.025/square inch
e.g. 30″x40″ poster = $30 (30x40x0.025)

 Design

$15/hour
As available, Digital Scholarship Interns can assist with designing for print and online materials.

Anyone can request a 3D & Wide-Format printing and/or design assistance using the form to the right. Faculty interested in integrating 3D & Wide-Format printing into their coursework can contact the DiSCO for a consultation and assistance with developing a suitable workflow, or to request in-class demonstrations.

Details

  • We can print posters up to 42 inches wide (and at any height). Common sizes are 24″ x 36″, 30″ x 40″, and 36″ x 48″.
  • Posters can typically be ready for pickup within 24 hours on weekdays, though during peak poster season (end of the semester) please plan for 2-3 days.
  • We charge 2.5¢ per square inch.
  • Payment must be done with Ole Dollars on an Ole Card or Department Card. We can provide a free quality control check before printing. To request our printing services, click on the Service Request Form above.

Details

  • We provide design services for both standard-size and wide-format posters at $15 an hour.
  • A design for a standard 11″ x 17″ poster typically takes around 2-3 hours.
  • Please inform us of any necessary text (such as titles, names, times, locations), graphics (logos, photos), and/or conceptual ideas or imagery you would like included in your poster.
  • If you print your poster in the DiSCO we can provide up to 20 minutes of poster consultation for free before the printing.
  • We can also print standard-size posters for $2 each after designing them, or we can send you the file and you can print them through the Print Center.

For Faculty

  • The DiSCO manages the printing of academic posters for courses outside of the sciences.  If you’ll be assigning academic posters in your class, please let us know when and how many you’ll be printing.
  • Faculty can request in-class demonstrations by contacting DiSCO@stolaf.edu. We use the presentation embedded below in these sessions.
  • Staff are unable to edit posters prior to printing, so if you’d like students to meet with our team prior to printing, please let us know and we will coordinate that.

For Students

  • Review the presentation below for tips on creating academic posters.
  • Templates are also available below.  Use these as starting points, being sure to customize the your design.
  • Contact the DiSCO if you’d like to stop in for a consultation on poster design.

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Yes! DiSCO has a 3D printer available for anyone on campus! Not sure how you might use it? People around the world have begun utilizing 3D printing technologies to print body parts for transplant, create new musical instruments, build gear motors, and even lift a car. Here at St. Olaf 3D printing has been used to print art objects, Baroque musical instruments, and ancient artifacts. Universities across the country are beginning to take advantage of 3D printing, in all departments from engineering and materials science to anthropology and architecture. The possibilities are endless!

*Before you print, check out the 3D Print Guide to ensure your files are prepped correctly*

FAQ:

How does it work?

The 3D printer takes your digital file and creates a 3D printed object through additive processes. This means the object is created as the printer lays down thin layers of material, each a using a hot plastic extruder. Each layer represents a thin cross-section of what will ultimately become the final product.

How much does it cost?

$10 per cubic inch

How big can I print?

Each individual part can be no bigger than 5 x 5 x 5 in. (12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)

How strong is the material?

Our 3D printer uses ABSplus Production-Grade Thermoplastic which will print parts that are mechanically strong and stable over time. For more information on material properties, check out the ABSplus Spec Sheet here.

Can I sand/paint the material after printing?

Yes and Yes! Though your printed object will typically be only as bumpy as your design, sanding can remove unwanted ridges between layers. If you wish to paint your object, be sure to do so in light layers and paint on a primer layer first.

Can I print in different colors?

Currently, the Media Lab can only provide ivory colored plastic.