3D Printing @ SILS

Example models printed in the SILS Computer Lab
3D printed objects

So, you want to create a 3D model?

If you have a model you'd like to print–one you created, or downloaded from a 3D model website like Thingiverse–we can help! 


1. Submit a request. The print time for your submission needs to be less than twelve hours.

2. Bring in your STL file on a thumb drive to the SILS Computer Lab at your scheduled appointment time.

3. Let us and the printer work our magic (sorry, only staff operate the printer).

Contact the Help Desk (silshelp@unc.edu) or see the FAQ below for more information.



How does a 3D printer work?

Our 3D printer renders a physical object from a digital model by the process of fused filament fabrication. Plastic filament is fed through a heated nozzle that the computer moves, building layer upon layer from the base of the item upward. At SILS, we use PLA (Polylactic Acid) as our filament.

Who can submit 3D print requests?

3D printing is available to all SILS students (taking at least one SILS class), faculty, and staff. The 3D printer is particularly intended to allow SILS students to explore new emerging technology.

What kind of 3D printer does the SILS Computer Lab have?

We have a MakerGear M2 3D Printer. For specific information about the model, click here.

What are the maximum dimensions in which the 3D printer can print?

MakerGear M2 has a build volume of 8 x 10 x 8 in.

How long does it take to print an item?

Currently we cannot guarantee a completion time or date. Build times depend upon several factors including size, intricacy, and the number of print requests in the queue.  Files will be printed in the order they are received with priority given to academic and research projects with a deadline.