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Presentation and Printing Resources: 3D Printer


You must have an appointment to print. Use the button below to schedule a printing appointment.

The LulzBot® Mini is a high performance desktop 3D printer that's perfect for home users, makers, designers, engineers, architects, and anyone looking for an easy-to-use desktop 3D printer.

Print Area: 152mm x 152mm x 158mm (6in x 6in x 6.2in)

HIPPS filament is available for use.



“NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT AND OTHER LEGAL RESTRICTIONS. The copyright (Title 17, United States Code), intellectual property (patent law for example under Title 35, United States Code) and other laws of the United States may govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of content protected by copyright, patent and other laws. Libraries and archives furnish unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for the convenience of and use by patrons. Under 17 U.S.C. § 108(f)(2) the provision of unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for use by patrons does not excuse the person who uses the reproduction equipment from liability for copyright infringement for any such act, or for any later use of such copy or phonorecord, if it exceeds fair use as provided by section 107 or any other provision of the copyright law, nor does the provision of unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for use by patrons excuse the person who uses the reproducing equipment from liability for patent, tort (such as products liability) or other laws. This institution reserves the right to refuse to make available or provide access to photocopy or other reproducing equipment if, in its judgment, use of such equipment would involve violation of copyright, patent or other laws.”

3D printer picture


The 3D printer is available for use by all current Nicholls State University students and faculty as a tool to support the academic and research purposes of the University. Ellender Library’s 3D printer may be used for lawful purposes only. Users must respect the health and safety of the University community and are not allowed to print materials that are:

  1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the University environment.
  4. In violation of another’s intellectual property rights.

While the Library follows the above guidelines and reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request, individual university departments are entirely responsible for any products that have been approved by them.

Each University department wishing to utilize the 3D printer must provide filament to the Library that students and faculty may use upon departmental approval. Please see the online authorization form.

All 3D printing will be performed in the order the requests are received and may take a few days depending on order volume. There may be times when the printer is being repaired or being used for an event or for a specific course. During those times, the 3D printer may be unavailable for general use and there may be a delay in printing. Requestors will be notified of such delays once their printing form has been submitted. Multi-colored printing will not be an available service.

Files must be submitted in [.STL] format. Library staff will review the file prior to printing and send a confirmation email to the address provided to indicate that the submission has been received and whether it is approved. Staff may require additional information about the print job or may need to schedule a consultation with the requestor before the object may be printed.

If the requestor wishes to observe the printing of the object, please indicate this on the request form. A staff member will contact him/her to schedule an appointment to print and supervise requestor during the printing process.

3D Modeling Resources

Free 3D Modeling Software

Blender - open source 3D animation suite. Enable the 3D Printing Toolbox.

OpenSCAD - free software for creating solid 3D CAD models. Useful for creating models of machine parts.

Sketchup - comes in free or pro versions. Get the Sketchup STL from the Extension Warehouse. 

Tinkercad - a browser-based 3D design platform, now part of Autodesk (free version available). 

123D Design - a free, powerful, yet simple 3D creation and editing tool from Autodesk. 

List of additional free software packages from

Free 3D Models

You can search for pre-existing models on the Internet to print as they are, or to modify using 3D modeling software.

3D Warehouse - Sketchup's searchable design library. 

Instructables - from the 123D community.

Thingiverse - MakerBot's searchable design library community.

3D Modeling Tutorials

3D modeling for beginners (Shapeways)

How do I make a solid model (Rhino)

How to fix and repair your 3D files (Shapeways)

Tips for designing 3D printed parts (UT Austin Innovation Station)