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3D printing

Learn how to create a three-dimensional object and then have it printed with 3D Print Services.

3D Print Services will add depth and new dimensions to your printing, prototyping and modelling needs.

How to print in 3D

  1. You'll need to send 3D Print Services a .stl file (a file format native widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing). Here at Manchester Met we use and offer Materialise Magics software, the industry standard for preparing 3D CAD files for printing. This software is available on workstations within Print Services as well as being accessible within some of the faculties.
  2. Got that STL file ready? Send it as an attachment from your University email address to
  3. We'll take a look at your designs and provide you not only with a cost based on volume assessment, but also file fixing, printing and finishing times.

Watch a video course on using Materialise Magics

How much does 3D printing cost?

How long does it take?

A 3D printed model will usually take 24 to 48 hours from submission to completion.

You should always allow extra time if you are working to a deadline, particularly if it's for a coursework assignment, as the service will be at its busiest.

How 3D printing works

Powder printing

Our 660 colour powder printers can provide full colour, high detail prototypes, ideal for architectural presentations and visual prototypes that require colour information and fine structures. The finished model is robust but not strong enough for real world applications.

Plastic extrusion printing

Our CubePro printers provide good rapid prototyping and can produce objects like toys and phone cases that can be used straight off the printer in material that are ready to use in real world applications.

Learn 3D printing

As you'd expect, it's important to get to grips with printing in 3D before you use our 3D Print Services. That way you'll save yourself a lot of time and money.

All Manchester Met students and staff enjoy complimentary access to

How to get free access to

What to do next

Get in touch. 3D Print Services is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

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