FAQ's About NIH Printing
Printing is free and projects should be NIH research related.
- What software do you use?
- There are many programs available. The 3D Modeling Software tab on this website lists a variety of free software.
- How long does it take to print?
- Average print times are 15-25 hours. Prints running more than 60 hrs are not recommended.
- How high is the resolution?
- The highest resolution is .25mm.
- How do you get colors or can you have more than one color?
- The uPrint prints one color. The library purchases ivory. If we don’t have the desired color, patrons can bring their own filament and we will put it on.
- Is it expensive to print?
- Yes, a roll of filament runs about $200. This service is free to NIH staff.
- What kinds of things are people printing here?
- Scientists are designing custom lab equipment and replacement parts. They are also printing proteins and viruses to better visualize what they are working with and for sharing with colleagues.
- How do I schedule time on the printer?
- The printer has a networked queue.
- How long has the printer been here?
- The printer service has been running since June 2014.
- How many print jobs have been done?
- The NIH Library printed nearly 400 prints in 2016.
Where to Find Printable Objects
- 3D Printer.net
- 3D Print Exchange
- My Mini Factory
- SketchUp 3D Warehouse
Last modified date: Mon, 01/04/2021 - 3:20pm