3D Printing Queue and Collect

New for 20/21 (and until we can safely get you back in the studio for self service use of equipment) we’re operating a 3D print farm service. If you have a model you need 3D printed and are a member of the University of Edinburgh community simply follow the steps below.

Slice

Slice your model using the Prusa Mini or Ultimaker 3 settings available here.

Upload

Upload your .gcode file below. We’ll check it for issues and add it to the queue.

Monitor

We’ll be in touch when your print starts and provide you with a timelapse to review the progress of your print.

Collect

Once complete, we’ll get in touch to arrange collection from the Main Library.

We’ve introduced some new rules while we’re running a queue and collect service to ensure everyone at the university has the opportunity to experiment with 3D printing:

  1. This service is only available to current University of Edinburgh students and staff.
  2. All 3D prints submitted to the queue will be carried out on a first come first served basis.
  3. One concurrent 3D printer will be operated per user. If you submit multiple files at the same time these will be printed back to back on the same printer. Not across the farm.
  4. Print file preparation follows a self service model. While we encourage you to fine tune our settings to get the perfect print for your needs, any failed or low quality 3D prints occuring as a result of changes made to our recommended slice settings are the responsibility of the file uploader.

If you are working to a short deadline, require high volume printing, or need a managed service we recommend the following services within the university and beyond.

.GCode 3D Print File Uploader
Submit your file here to add it to the Ultimaker 3 or Prusa Mini print queues.

Email

Ultimaker 3Prusa Mini


Files must be in .GCode format and a maximum of 128MB in size.
Please slice your files in line with the settings outlined here.

Having problems? Get in touch at ucreate.studio@ed.ac.uk

How much does it cost?
This service is free for students and staff at the University of Edinburgh, it is intended to ensure that 3D printing is available to the whole of the University of Edinburgh community.

How will I know the progress of my print?
Once your file is submitted to the print queue, we’ll email you twice on the run up to the start of your print:

  1. When your file has been reviewed and is ready for printing. This email will provide an estimated start date for your print.
  2. When your print is underway. This email will update you with an estimated finish time.

How will I know my print is ready to collect?
Once your print is complete, you will be emailed a third time to arrange collection. up to date details on the collection process will be provided at this time.

Where do I collect my print?
Your print will be boxed and awaiting collection from the uCreate Studio Makerspace. Rm. 1.12, Main Library, George Square.

If asked by University Facilities or Security staff, please indicate that you are at the Library for the 3D print Queue & Collect service and you will be directed to the relevant entrance.

To limit the number of users inside the Library you may be asked to queue outside following social distancing guidelines.

Distancing measures are in place inside the Library to ensure you can maintain a two metre distance from staff and other Library users at all times.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in the library in line with Scottish Government guidance.

What is the collection process?
When you reach the the Makerspace, the duty technician will ask to see your University card and deposit the print for you to collect, any special arrangements or requirements will be communicated via email at the time your print is complete.

Any prints not collected on the agreed date will be stored for safe keeping until a new collection date can be arranged.