The University Library's makerspace is open to all students, faculty, and staff to come explore their creativity, access disruptive technologies such as 3D printers and scanners, use tools for constructing projects, and imagine solutions to problems with real-world applications.

Click here for list of equipment available.

Click here for a list of software available.

For questions, please contact Christian Sheehy ( or Alison Morgan (


3D Printing

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is one of the most popular technologies in the makerspace. It is the process of building physical objects from digital models. Successive layers of material (filament) are laid down in thin layers to create a physical object.

What is available at Xavier University Library?

The makerspce has seven 3D printers located on the first floor of the library. See the Center for Innovation's website for information about their Makerbot Innovation Center, which has 25 3D printers.

Makerbot Replicator Desktop 5th Generation printer

  • Print technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Build volume: 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm [9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in]
  • Filament: 1.75mm polylactic acid (PLA*) in a variety of colors
  • See additional specifications here

*PLA is a bioplastic made from renewable resources such as corn starch.


Designing your model for printing

The first step in printing is to design the 3D object using a computer-aided design (CAD) software program. There are numerous open source and free software options to render your digital model including Blender, OpenSCAD, and Sketchup. Users will need to submit their file in .STL file format in order for Library and Information Technologies staff to convert the file to a format that the Makerbot printer will read. If you do not wish to design your own 3D object, there are sources to find models already designed that you may print or alter and then print. Three of these resources are Makerbot’s Thingiverse, Cubify’s collections, and Yeggi.

For more information, see the 3D printing policy.