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A guide for using 3D printing in lab.

About the 3D printer in the Arnold Library

What's the story? 

The 3D printer in the Arnold Library's copy room is a beginners model and our first shared 3D printer at the Hutch. We're using it as a pilot. It doesn't get the nice resolution of more expensive printers but will offer a good idea of general interest. The printer was purchased by the Basic Sciences division, and came to be by a collaboration between the Arnold Library and the Science Education Partnership. 


Good question. Why not? 3D printing is a cheap and easy way to make models, design custom parts, and conceptualize in a more tangible way. Check out models on the table next to the printer! Also check out What Can You Print? for more examples. 

Interested in learning more? 

Fantastic! More information is available in this libguide. It is a work in progress, but should give you a basic idea.

How to get started? 

Great! Learning how to 3D print has some challenges but it is worth it! If you'd like some training, email Regina Wu at

Already have a design and just want to get printing? 

Cool! Contact Regina Wu at to make it happen.



3D printing for wet lab and research can be extremely helpful. It allows you to build custom parts, test concepts, and save money (See the Examples page). The difficult part of 3D printing is the time it takes to create or find a design. While we are happy and excited to help anyone interested in developing something, the best case scenario would be to have someone in your lab (lab tech, post-doc, grad student, intern) that has an interest tinkering or interested in learning how to design for 3D printing. There's probably one in every lab already.


A 3D printer is a machine that creates 3D objects by laying down many thin layers of material in succession. There are many different types of 3D printers. Here at the Hutch, we have a small basic 3D printer called the FlashForge Creator Pro which print with PLA filament. This is a great printer for beginners.

The main purpose for adopting this machine is to create a resource for printing custom labware and models. 



Every printer has some basic parts.