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Media Services: 3D Printing

Guides for using our equipment and services

3D Printers

Material & Service Charge

Material support:   

PLA (bio-degradable polymer),  

PVA (supporting materials) 

 

Colour:     

Upbox - Green, Black, Blue, Gray

Ultimaker - Silver, White

 

Price List: 

Base charge HK$20
PLA material HK$1 per gram

PVA material

HK$2 per gram

Booking or Consultation Appointment

Booking

3D Printers & Scanners

 

Consultation Appointment

Consultation session for how to use equipment in LIC can be booked via library booking system.

For enquiries, please contact Media Services at 3917-7007 or email libmedia@hku.hk.

3D Printer information

Up Box Plus Ultimaker 3 Ultimaker S5

Dimensions:  493 x 517 x 493 mm

Build volume:  255 x 205 x 205 mm

Print speed:  

Filament diameter:  1.75 mm

Software:  UP studio app

Supported file:  stl

Dimensions: 342 x 505 x 588 mm

Build volume:  197 x 215 x 200 mm

Print speed:  20 to 200 m/s

Filament diameter:  2.85 mm

Software:  Ultimaker Cura

Supported file:  stl

Dimensions: 495 x 585 x 780 mm

Build volume:  330 x 240 x 300 mm

Print speed: < 24 mm³ /s

Filament diameter:  2.85 mm

Software:  Ultimaker Cura

Supported file:  stl

Eligible Users

The service is available for current HKU staff and students.

Guidelines

  • 3D printing service is available up to one hour before library closing.
  • Create your 3D model from scratch or download a file ready for printing on the Internet.  Please save your file in STL format on a FAT USB thumb drive or online. 
  • Recommend sticking to 1mm thickness for your 3D printed models because most models smaller than this are incredibly delicate and fragile and can break so easily that you will hardly be able to handle them.
  • Reserve a 3D printer workstation time slot in our booking system.
  • Library staff will go through your print file with you on a 3D printing workstation where you can configure the printing parameters and requirements (such as layer height, in-fill, support, etc.).
  • Library staff will then assess the printability of your file and indicate the printing time and cost on the request form.
  • You will be required to pay for the printing cost in full at the time your printing request is placed.
  • There is NO GUARANTEE that all items will print successfully even if the review indicates it might; this printing is a process subject to mechanical, heating, weather and other conditions outside of Staff's control.
  • There will be NO REFUND once a 3D print job sent to print.
  • Library reserves the right to decline a printing request or cancel a printing job if the object may infringe copyright or contain abusive constituents.

 

# Please note that the accuracy of FDM 3D printing with PLA is +/- 0.4~0.5mm.

Pick Up Information

  • You will be given an expected date and time for pickup after placing your request.
  • You are suggested to contact our staff  to make sure the printed object is ready for pickup beforehand.

3D Software