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3-D Printing: About 3-D Printing at the Libraries

ALERT

COVID-19 Update:
The library is currently prioritizing the creation of PPE and other projects related to COVID-19.
Print requests that are for personal use or are non-COVID-19 related are currently being accepted, but will be low-priority until further notice.
Print time is also limited at the current time due to reduced staff. This may impact our ability to complete some prints if they will take longer than 9-10 hours.

3-D Printing at the TTUHSC El Paso Libraries

The TTUHSCEP Libraries both now have 3-D printing capabilities. Library staff have been trained to use the Lulzbot TAZ Pro printer to make 3-D prints available to TTUHSC El Paso faculty, staff and students.
Have questions? Email us at elp3Dprint@ttuhsc.edu

Look at What We are Printing!

Taz Pro
3D Printed Brain
3D Printed Brain Pieces
3D Printed Heart
3D Printed Skull
Lungs

About our printers

The Lulzbot Taz Pro is a dual-extruder printer. Features include:
  • Two active-lifting hot ends enable true multi-material 3D printing and complex parts.
  • Large 280 x 280 x 285 mm build volume with heated build plate.
  • Automated X/Y/Z offset calibration, nozzle wiping, and self-leveling features.
  • Hardened steel E3D components enable printing of soft, flexible materials up to industrial-grade composites.
  • Dual filament runout sensors.
The dual-extruders enable us to print in multiple materials and colors. This means that supports can be printed in a different color or material enabling easier removal. 
Prints in multiple colors must be designed to be printed this way. Speak with a 3-D print technician for further details.

About our materials

The library has a variety of materials to print with and in a variety of colors. Speak with a 3-D print technician about availablity.
Material
Description
ABS
Use ABS filament when your 3D printed objects need to be strong, stiff, and flexible enough to resist breaking when stressed. ABS can also be post-processed easily, either by sealing and painting or through solvent-based methods. Not food safe.
HIPS
HIPS 3D printer filament has similar properties to ABS. Since it is relatively strong it can also be sanded. Unlike ABS, HIPS has less potential for warping while printing and is ideal for painting making it popular for use with costumes, models, and miniature figurines. Works well as support material.
nGen
Interlocking parts, models, figurines, and functional prototypes print well due to the low shrink rate and excellent layer adhesion. When 3D printed your objects will be glossy, opaque, and bright. nGen 3D printing filament is an excellent choice for 3D printing in close quarters due to its low-odor and styrene-free nature.
PLA
Available in a wide variety of colors, offering both opaque or translucent qualities. PLA is commonly used for prototypes, educational and architectural models, and artifact replicas. It can also be treated with a variety of post-processing techniques. PLA is a popular choice for users looking to paint objects after they have been printed, such as costume props and figurines. 

 

3-D Print Technician

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Andrew Contreras
Contact:
MEB Library
915-215-4308

3-D Print Technician

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Nancy Quiroz
Contact:
AEC Library
915-215-4316

3-D Print Technician

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Steven Chapa
Contact:
MEB Library
915-215-4306