What is 3D Printing?

3D Printing is process of creating physical three dimensional objects from digital files or models. Additive processing is used, in which successive layers of filament is laid down in thin layers until the entire model is complete.

What Services are Available?


Currently, Bierce Library has a MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation 3D Printer. We are able to print in PLA, ABS and PETG. Current colors available are listed to the right.

We also have a MakerBot Digitizer 3D desktop scanner and a Sense 3D Handheld Scanner. The Digitizer can turn every day objects into 3D models. This machine scans objects up to 8 x 8 in size on an accurate and easy-to-use platform; ideal for creating new objects or revising items. The Sense Handheld scanner can scan large objects and create models for printing, such as people, chairs, and desk.

3D Pen

Additionally, we also have two 3doodler create pens available for use within the MakerStudio. This is the world's first and best 3D Pen, and is compact and easy to use, allowing you to literally draw in the air. This 3D printing device can be used within minutes, without needing any technical knowledge, software or computers.


Bierce Library provides this service for all University of Akron's current students, faculty, and staff for free.

How it's Done