3D Printing

For Self-Serve PLA Printing: Free.
A 3.5 inch tall figurine is approx. 1 cubic inch worth of material


As available, Digital Scholarship Interns can assist with designing for print and online materials.

Anyone can request a 3D & Wide-Format printing and/or design assistance using the Service Request Form to the right. Faculty interested in integrating 3D Printing or Wide-Format printing into their coursework can contact the DiSCO for a consultation and assistance with developing a suitable timetable and workflow, or to request in-class demonstrations.

Wide-Format Printing – Done by the Print Center

  • The Print Center will print Wide Format posters. Please see the Print Center’s page on Wide-Format Printing.
  • Common sizes are 24″ x 36″, 30″ x 40″, and 36″ x 48″.

Academic Posters

For Faculty

  • Faculty can request in-class demonstrations by contacting We use the presentation embedded below in these sessions.
  • Print Center Staff are unable to edit posters prior to printing, so if you’d like your students to meet with our team prior to printing, please let us know and we will coordinate that.

For Students

  • Review the presentation below for tips on creating academic posters.
  • Templates are also available below.  Use these as starting points, being sure to customize the your design.
  • Contact the DiSCO if you’d like to stop in for a consultation on poster design.

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To download the ST. OLAF Logo – go to the brand page. (Scroll Down for downloads)

Bad Poster Example PPT

3-D Printing

Yes! DiSCO has a 3D printer available for anyone on campus! Not sure how you might use it? People around the world have begun utilizing 3D printing technologies to print body parts for transplant, create new musical instruments, build gear motors, and even lift a car. Here at St. Olaf 3D printing has been used to print art objects, Baroque musical instruments, and ancient artifacts. Universities across the country are beginning to take advantage of 3D printing, in all departments from engineering and materials science to anthropology and architecture. The possibilities are endless!

*Before you print, check out the 3D Print Guide to ensure your files are prepped correctly*


How does it work?

The 3D printer takes your digital file and creates a 3D printed object through additive processes. This means the object is created as the printer lays down thin layers of material, each a using a hot plastic extruder. Each layer represents a thin cross-section of what will ultimately become the final product.

How much does it cost?

It’s Free – using standard PLA.

How big can I print?

Each individual part can be no bigger than 5 x 5 x 5 in. (12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)

Can I sand/paint the material after printing?

Yes and Yes! Though your printed object will typically be only as bumpy as your design, sanding can remove unwanted ridges between layers. If you wish to paint your object, be sure to do so in light layers and paint on a primer layer first.