Interested in printing a 3D model for research or teaching purposes?

3-Dimensional printers build objects by depositing successive thin layers of material onto a build platform. The Anthropology Department's 3D printer provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to further their learning experiences as technology grows. See below for information about printing in the department. 

How It Works 




Please Check the warnings and requirements below before submittng a print request: 

  1. Print requests are limited to academic and research projects only. 

  2. Your 3D model must be uploaded as an STL. or OBJ. file only. 

  3. 3D model object dimensions should be the approximate perimeter dimensions of your object if it were a rectangle. For example, if your object is a sphere with a diameter of 2 inches, you should write 2x2 inches. Make sure your model does not exceed 5.0-inch x 5.0inch x 5.5-inch. 

  4. We review each file to set file printing parameters and may need to adjust your model before printing. These parameters include model size, orientation, resolution, scaffolding, percent fill, and outer surface thickness. We recommend using PreForm to view and save your model prior to submitting a print request. 

  5. Unless otherwise specified your 3D model will be hollowed prior to printing, this helps us save material and cuts down on the total time it takes to print your part.

  6. You will receive an email notification when your model is finished and ready for pick-up. 


Pinter Specifications 



Form 2 by Formlabs - resin based sterolithography printer 


Maximum Sizes for Printed Objects: 

5.0-inch x 5.0-inch x 5.5-inch

Printing Material: 

Photopolymer Resin


For questions or help preparing your model for 3D printing please contact: 

Marli Richmond, Department of Anthropology Lab Technician 

[email protected]




Please note - We are unable to use the 3D printer to create material that is: 

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law. 
  • Usafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. 
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the university environment. 
  • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection. 


Printing Resources & Helpful Links