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The FabLab is equipped with a Dimension uPrint Plus 3D Printer, capable of quickly creating durable and accurate 3D models out of ABS plastic. The printer reads STL (STereoLithography) files and builds your model by extruding a bead of ABS plastic through a computer-controlled extrusion head, working layer by layer, from the bottom up. The printer has a vertical layer resolution of .010 inches (.254mm), a minimum wall/feature thickness of .036 inches (.914 mm), and a maximum build size of 8 by 8 by 6.

Acceptable Files

  • Only STL files will be accepted for 3D printing.
  • Most 3D CAD platforms (e.g. AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Rhino, etc) can natively export 3D files as STLs.
  • Maya can export STLs with the aid of a downloadable MEL script.
  • zBrush can export STLs with the aid of a downloadable plug-in.
  • Blender (open-source/free) can be used to convert OBJs and a few other common file formats to STLs.

Checking Files for Errors

All 3D file formats are prone to errors in geometry. The most common errors are inverted faces due to reversed normals, and holes in the mesh due to bad/open edges. Files with these errors will not print correctly, and must be fixed by the client before a job can be submitted to our 3D printer.

The 3D program, "Netfabb Basic" is installed on the PCs in the Self-Service area of PrintFX. It's a freeware STL viewer that an open your 3D files and diagnose common errors, as well as perform basic fixing and scaling functions on your models. An instructional video on how to use Netfabb Basic is available here.


Use of the 3D Printer is $7 per cubic inch. You are responsible for paying for all build and support material. When dropping off your job, you must indicate on the order form whether you would like to be called with a cost estimate prior to printing your model. All jobs must be paid for with your FIT ID card before the job is released.

Procedures & Policies

All work must be setup according to our file prep guidelines. We will not correct any files that are setup incorrectly. They will be returned for correction.

Please come to the PrintFX service desk in Pomerantz D529A to complete a 3D Printing Order Form.

Detailed 3D Printing Guide

For more in depth 3D printing information, please download this guide. Guide requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

3D Printing & Fashion

3D printing neckpiece on dress designed by FIT student, Rachel Nhan
 Taking Flight Event poster

3D Printed Neckpiece

FIT student, Rachel Nhan, created this black moire & green lame dress for the AAS Exhibition, "Mad Max Meets the French Court", April 24-April 28, 2014. This neckpiece was printed at FIT's FabLab.

The World's First Articulated 3D Printed Gown

Designer, Michael Schmidt and architect, Francis Bitonti, collaborated on the world's first fully articulated 3D printed gown. Designed by style icon Dita Von Teese, the dress was 3D printed by Shapeways, a world leader in the 3D printing movement. Forward-thinking science intersects with beauty and classicism in this historic dress.

3D Printed Dress on the Catwalk at Paris Fashion Week

For the first time ever, designers have 3D printed a multi-material dress composed of both rubber-like and rigid elements that are 3D printed simultaneously on the Stratasys Objet Connex system. Creators, Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen and professor Neri Oxman from the MIT's Media Lab.

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