Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

ET 3D Print Lab


What is 3D Printing?

3D printing is a technology that allows the rapid creation of prototype models. The ET Student 3D Printing office is available for any Engineering and Engineering & Technology students to use for classwork, research or for a personal project.
While 3D printing is highly flexible, it is most useful for intricate parts, complex, or uncommon shapes. Basic components are better off being made with more traditional techniques. Our printers are limited in their abilities sometimes, large overhangs and excessively sharp or tight corners should be avoided.
The 3D printing office team maintains the right to turn down or report any print they deem inappropriate for a school environment. The 3D team will also review all prints and, if they have concerns about the chance of success for a print, work with the person requesting the print to improve the model.

The 3D printing lab @IUPUI has many models of printers:

Stratasys uPrint SE +: 
StrasysMaterial: ABS
Max Print Size: 203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in.)

Markforged Mark Two:
Markforged Material: Nylon or Carbon Fiber
 Max Print Size: 320 x 132 x 160 mm (12.5 x 5.1 x 6.2 in)

Markerbot Replicator +:
markforgedMaterial: PLA
Max Print Size: 285 x 153x 155 mm (12.5 x 5.1 x 6.2 in) 

More Information can be found  here: 3D Printers 
Information on materials can be found here: Materials

How do I export STL files?

Stl files are what the 3D printing lab utilizes to print the 3D object with the material that it uses.  You have to export STL files in a CAD program.  Information on exporting for a particular CAD program can be found below for more details: 

Export STL files

What are some helpful links to learn how to utilize the 3D printing lab?

Checkout the 3D printing lab resources page  and learn about the best practices for more details.

Requesting a print

  1. Please print out and fill out the Print Request Form
  2. Send stl and print request form to How to export to stl
  3. Check email for any concerns about print
  4. You will receive and email when your print is done
  5. Pick up from ET101 front desk. Hours: M-F 8am-6pm

IUPUI Print Location

Contact Info

IUPUI Engineering & Technology 3D Printing Office ET199D

799 W. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46202