M3dsThe 3D printing service at the Digital Media Lab is open to all current students and employees of the University of Miami.  This is a pilot project for the 2016-2017 school year based on the experience and feedback from our previous 3D printing pilot.

We are currently using the M3D printing system with PLA filament. The M3D printer is an user-friendly printer that is commonly referred to as a plug-and-play style printer.  Those interested in printing will be taught how to use the printer so they can print their objects in the lab.

Visit the M3D website for more information about the printer specifications.


Printing Instructions

  • Call or email to schedule a consultation time to review your project with us.
  • Fill out a Print Form and email your STL or OBJ file(s) to before your scheduled consultation time.
  • The DML staff person will go over the file using the M3D software to check for any problems, and to send you an estimate of time and cost.
  • Meet with staff for a workshop on how to use the printer (~30 minutes).  You only have to do this step once.
  • Print your project.

Print Specifications

Print Area

  • Base print area: 113mm x 109mm x 74mm h
  • Print area above: 91mm x 84mm x 42mm h

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  • $14.00 flat rate for 1 spool of filament. Patron can bring their own compatible filament and use the printer without lab charge. Patrons can buy spool (or bring their own spool) to use amongst themselves in a group for a project.
  • Spool fee must be paid to the Circulation Department prior to printing. Cash, credit card, and IDR accepted.


  • Make an appointment 7 days in advance.  Print times depend on number and size of objects being printed as well as time in the semester.
  • Patrons are responsible for design of their prints.
  • Print orders are reviewed prior to printing.
  • DML reserves the right to refuse a print request.

Curriculum Support

We offer class demonstrations of the M3D printers and an on site tour.

Useful Links

  • Tinkercad – free, online 3D modeling tool from Autodesk. Good for beginners.
  • Thingiverse – Makerbot website with free downloadable 3D files under Creative Commons licenses.