The Auraria Library MakeLab provides high quality 3D printing, large format printing, and vinyl cutting services in support of project-based learning and research. We are located on the first floor next to the gray staircase.
Monday & Tuesday, 1:00pm- 5:00pm
Thursday & Friday, 10:00am- 2:00pm
Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, 10:00am – 3:00pm
* Makelab will be closed Monday, December 17th Through Friday, January 1st
The MakeLab has 3D printers available for Auraria campus students, faculty, and staff. We use PLA filament and have a variety of colors. Call or visit the MakeLab for the most up-to-date information.
- Ultimaker 3: Dual extruder 3d printer
- Maximum build volume – 8.5” x 8.5” x 7.9”
- Cost - $0.03/minute of printing time
- Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer:
- Maximum build volume – 6” x 6” x 6.2”
- Cost - $0.03/minute of printing time
*Due to the complexity of some prints, PVA support material may be necessary for the completion of a project. PVA filament is quickly soluble in water, bonds well to plastics and prints easy and ideal for highly detailed work where manually removing support material is difficult, if not impossible.
Appropriate Use of 3D Printers
All Makelab equipment is to support class- and research-related creative and academic activities of students, faculty, and staff of the Auraria Campus. As such, and in accordance with the Auraria Campus’s Weapons Policy, Auraria Library 3D printers may only be used to create objects that are directly related to assigned class or research work, and may not be used to create weapons of any kind or any other item designed to harm others in physical, economic, or social ways.
- Resolution consideration: Finest nozzle: AA 0.25mm
- Filetypes accepted: STL/OBJ
Large Format Printing
The MakeLab has three large-format, high-resolution color printers available for Auraria campus students, faculty, and staff.
- 17” wide printer: Sheet prints can be made in the following size and paper options. Dimensions can be cut down. Prices are per page.
- 12”x18” Epson Presentation (copy) Paper: $3.00
- 16”x20” Epson Presentation (copy) Paper: $4.50
- 12”x18” Heavyweight Cardstock Paper: $3.50
- 16”x20” Heavyweight Cardstock Paper: $5.00
- 12”x18” Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper: $5.25
- 16”x20” Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper: $7.50
- 24” wide printer: Prints can be a maximum of 24” wide on premium luster photo paper. This service costs $4.00 per linear foot with pricing rounded up to the nearest 25 cents.
- 44” wide printer: Prints can be a maximum of 44” wide on premium luster photo paper. This service costs $7.00 per linear foot with pricing rounded up to the nearest 25 cents.
Smaller artwork may be combined to maximize space.
Recommended File Settings
300ppi or higher (600ppi or higher recommended)
CMYK or RGB
For assistance in sizing a file for printing, please visit the Digital Media Studio during open hours.
Design and create your own 2D stickers, decals or other adhesive vinyl graphics using our vinyl plotter.
- Graphtec CE6000 PLUS Vinyl Cutter Plotter: Vinyl stickers can be a maximum of 20” wide in a variety of colors. This services costs $0.25 per linear inch with pricing rounded up to the nearest inch per color. Price includes transfer tape. We’ll also show you how to weed away excess vinyl and prepare the sticker for application elsewhere.
We encourage simple, one color designs.
All 3D printing, large-format printing, or plotting will begin once payment is received in full and in cash. Same day printing may not be available due to demand. Printing is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In order to obtain a price quote, you can visit the Make Lab with your file on hand. All files must be reviewed in person at the MakeLab before 3D printing, large-format printing, or plotting.
If you are unsure about pricing or whether or not your file is set up correctly, please email us with the file for review. Emailed files are for the purpose of review only, we do not keep them to print. To move forward with your print, remember to bring it on a portable storage device when you come to the MakeLab.