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Learn what printers are in the lab and how to use them.

3D Printing

banks of 3D printers

3D printing is a manufacturing process used to create a physical object, most commonly, by adding layer upon layer of plastic material.

Why would you be interested in 3D printing?

There are many reasons to use a 3D printer. Here are a few examples:

  • Prototype a new idea or design
  • Make items to sell or give as gifts
  • Print small replacement parts

There are many terms and words specific to 3D printing which can be intimidating.  HP offer's a great 3D Printing Glossary to help us learn more about this technology.

Ultimaker S3 and S5

small and big 3d printersBuild volume

  • Ultimaker S3: 230 x 190 x 200 mm (9 x 7.4 x 7.9 inches)
  • Ultimaker S5: 330 x 240 x 300 mm (13 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches)

In the Innovation Lab:

  • 8 Ultimaker S3 printers
  • 2 Ultimaker S5 printers


Formlabs Form 3

Form 3 3D printerThis type of printer uses resin and other chemicals to create 3D objects.  Please consult with Innovation Lab staff if you'd like to use one of these printers.

Build Volume

  •  145 × 145 × 185 mm (5.7 × 5.7 × 7.3 inches)

In the Innovation Lab:

  • 2 Formlabs Form 3 printers


Want To Create Something?

The rest of this guide explains how to get started in 3D printing at the Sunderland Foundation Innovation Lab.

We can't wait to see what you'll make!


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