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3D Printing

3D printing is a manufacturing technique that uses melted plastic (filament) extruded in layers to build up a 3-dimensional (3D) object. This technology can produce customised objects to be used in teaching, research and operational activities at the University of Otago.

ITS offers a 3D printing service for University departments to print objects using this technology. Create models for objects to print in 3D by:

  • using software such as SketchUp or Blender
  • downloading patterns from Internet communities such as Thingiverse, or
  • rendering research data

3D objects that have already been printed include:

  • Replacement parts and custom-designed equipment for operational use. For example: iPad stands, replacement battery covers, mounting brackets
  • Molecular structures synthesised at University of Otago
  • Topographic relief maps used in Geography labs
  • Fossil models


Price for 3D printing

The 3D printing service itself is provided free by ITS, however costs of plastic filament and any equipment parts used need to be recovered. ITS will quote you for the expected cost of your object before starting the print job. Costs are charged internally to your department account code.


Getting your 3D object printed

The ITS eLearning team cannot currently undertake new 3D printing requests, but will update once the service is available again.