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I.D.E.A. Labs: 3D Print Lab

3D Printers


The 3D Print Lab houses 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.


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.

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Find 3D Models

Search for free 3D files (.stl files) on the Internet to print or to modify using 3D design software.

The 3D Print Lab

Printing Process - LED Brain

Make 3D Models With Open Source 3D Design Software

Not finding a design from the free online 3D libraries? 

Want to change an existing design?

  • Create or modify a print file with one of these free 3D design software.
  • Always save model as an .stl file

Design Software

3D Editing & Repair Software

Convert Dicom CT scan files to 3D printable STL files
democritiz3D by Embodi3D - a free online converter (requires registration)