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Mudd Library offers mediated 3D printing and 3D scanning services to current Northwestern University students, faculty, and staff. A consultation with library staff is required before using the MakerLab. You may also submit a 3D printing project request for library staff to print. 

Printing and scanning are done on a first-come, first-served basis with priority for students completing course work. During the consultation, an estimate of turnaround time will be provided within the context of workload across the service.

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There is currently no charge for 3D scanning, 3D printing, or the filament used for printing. The filament is supplied by the library. Cost is subject to change. This service is in a trial period.

Any output of a print job not picked up in 14 days becomes the property of University Library and will be disposed of accordingly.


3D Printers

2 – MakerBot Replicator+

Build Volume: 29.5 L X 19.5 W X 16.5 H CM [11.6 X 7.6 X 6.5 IN]
Supported File Types: STL, OBJ

1 – MakerBot Replicator Z18

Build Volume: 30.0 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H CM [11.8 L x 12.0 W x 18.0 H IN]
Supported File Types: STL, OBJ

1 – LulzBot TAZ Pro

Build Volume: 280 L x 280 W x 285 H MM [11.02 L x 11.02 W x 11.22 H IN]
Supported File Types: STL, OBJ

3D Scanner

1 - Sprout by HP

HP Illuminator, powered by the HP DLP Projector
HP High-Resolution Camera with up to 14.6 megapixel resolution and the Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera for instant capture of 2D and 3D objects, along with an LED desk lamp


Simplify3D (on computers in MakerLab)
SketchUp Pro (on 20 concurrent public workstations)
MakerBot Print
Solidworks (free with campus license)

Terms of use and copyright

The library’s 3D printers and scanners must be used for lawful purposes. Users must abide by all applicable local, state, and federal laws as well as University and Library policies while respecting the University community.  It is not permitted to use library 3D printers to create material which is:

Read full MakerLab Use Policy.

Contact us

We are interested in adding and changing MakerLab services to meet the needs of the Northwestern community. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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