Michigan State University Libraries
Hollander Makerspace
366 W. Circle Dr.
East Lansing , MI 48824
United States

3D Printing

Prusa 3D Printer

Prusa MK3s

Ultimaker S5 3D Printer

Ultimaker S5


Polymaker Polysher

Peopoly Phenom L 3DPrinter

Peopoly Phenom L

Welcome to the wonderful world of 3D Printing! Whether you design your own object through software such as TinkerCad or find it on a website like Thingiverse, we can help bring what's on your screen into the real world.

Save your object as an .STL, upload your file to Make At State, and add it to your cart (green icon). Next you can select your desired printer, material, color, dimensions, and pick up option. Please add additional specifications to the notes field. You will get an email with a price quote and estimated delivery date. Once you pay, we can start printing your object. Your print might be completed before or after the estimated delivery date based on factors such as current demand, unexpected delays, printer errors, and when the price was approved. 

You can select which 3D printer you would like to have your object printed on based on information provided below, or our staff can determine which machine would be most efficient for your object. Cost is based on the final weight of the object (support material included) and the material used. Prices can fluctuate depending on the material used in the process with a minimum cost of $3.00 per order.


Type of Print: Price per gram:
PLA $0.20


PETG, TPU $0.30
Resin $0.50


Prusa MK3S

Prusa #D Printer
  • Printer type: FDM (fused deposition modeling)
  • Material: PLA - melting point of 215°C
  • Build area dimensions: 9.8in x 8.1in x 8.1in
  • Print quality: dynamic (0.15mm)
  • Print price: $0.20 per gram; $3.00 minimum

The Prusa is best for mid-range prints, capable of covering a variety of designs and sizes.

Regular PLA


Ultimaker S5

Ultimaker 3D Printer
  • Printer type: FDM (fused deposition modeling)
  • Material:
    • PLA - melting point of 215°C
    • ASA - melting point of 250°C
    • PETG - melting point of 250°C
  • Build area dimensions: 12.9in x 9.4in x 11.7in
  • Print quality: dynamic (0.15mm)
  • Print price: $0.20-$0.30 per gram; $3.00 minimum

Large enough to handle most prints, the Ultimaker also provides the option of water-soluble supports, making it capable of printing complex designs that would be difficult to produce using standard breakaway supports.

Ultimaker TPU


Ultimaker PETG


Ultimaker PLA


Ultimaker ASA



Polymaker: Polysher


Cost is based on the final weight of the object (support material included) and the material used. Prints using PVB are $0.25 per gram with a minimum cost of $3.00 per order.

  • Printer type: FDM (fused deposition modeling)
  • Printer brand: Ultimaker
  • Material: Polysmooth PVB
  • Maximum part size: 5.9in x 5.9in x 7.1in
  • This process adds a minimum of 24 hours to the turnaround time of a print
  • All jobs must be submitted through Make At State

The Polysher is a unique post-processing service that eliminates layer lines from items printed with PVB. Due to its sleek and glossy finish, this is a great option for artistic models and decorative parts. While the final product is not resistant to water or chemicals, it can serve as a more professional looking prototype.


The Makerspace currently offers a limited range of colors that are compatible with the Polysher. These colors include clear, blue, green, teal, red, white, blue-grey, and black.


Peopoly Phenom L

Peopoly 3d printer
  • Printer type: MSLA (masked stereolithography)
  • Material: Resin
  • Build area dimensions: 13.6in x 7.6in x 15.7in
  • Print quality: ultrafine (0.09mm)
  • Print price: $0.50 per milliliter, $3.00 minimum

The Phenom creates high quality detailed prints faster and larger than the Moai! The print quality is extremely fine with very few visible print lines. This printer is best used for small, highly detailed objects or large but hollow prints.

3D Printing Filament Descriptions:

**No longer providing ABS or nylon**


This versatile plastic is a great choice for most projects. Whether you are just beginning your journey into the world of 3D printing or designing advanced artistic models, PLA offers the widest variety of color options and a great surface quality. It accepts paint and super glue well. PLA is made from corn starch and is the most environmentally friendly filament. It will biodegrade but in an ordinary room it will last for hundreds of years. PLA is very brittle and will snap under pressure.

  • Attributes:  Variety of Color, Surface Quality, Paint/Glue friendly
  • Resistances:  Water
  • Weaknesses: Brittle
  • Best uses:  Most 3D projects
  • Similarities: PVB


A more durable and high impact plastic that is perfect for most 3D printing projects such as engineering or outdoor purposes. ASA is very similar to ABS but because of its mechanical properties and strong UV resistance it would be considered a successor to ABS. It is dissolvable in acetone, which works well for post processing. Overall ASA is a tough, durable, and water resistant plastic that works well for many projects.

  • Attributes:  Durable, high impact
  • Resistances:  UV Light, Water 
  • Weaknesses:  Acetone 
  • Best uses:  Most projects, including engineering and outdoor 
  • Similarities:  (Superior to) ABS


PETG is an exceptionally durable material that resists breakdown from water and other chemicals. It is more impact resistant but less rigid than ASA. Under stress it will flex or deform before breaking. The surface quality is not as good as other materials and it is nearly impossible to glue or paint. This is a great material for models that need to be slightly flexible, very durable and UV resistant, but not meant for aesthetics. Please anticipate a longer printing time with this material.

  • Attributes:  Durability, Flexibility
  • Resistances: Water, Chemicals, UV Light
  • Weaknesses:  Cannot be painted, difficult to glue/repair 
  • Best uses:  Utility models
  • Similarities:  ASA (more impact, less rigid)

PolySmooth PVB

A unique material used to create visual models or design parts. When exposed to isopropyl alcohol, PVB transforms into a glossy and smooth material with transparency. This material is not water or chemical resistant so soluble supports would not be recommended to be printed with this material. PVB also has similar mechanical properties to PETG but melts at a lower temperature.

  • Attributes:  Smooth/glossy transparency with Isopropyl alcohol exposure
  • Resistances
  • Weaknesses:  Water, Chemicals 
  • Best uses:  Visual Models, design parts 
  • Similarities:  PETG (but melts at lower temps)


TPU 95A is a rubber-like material that is best used for prints that need to be durable and flexible. Its resistance to wear and tear is proven by its Shore A hardness of 95 and up to 580% elongation before breaking. TPU 95A also has quality resistance to chemicals and common industrial oils when it comes to corrosion. Painting a model is possible with a proper primer/adhesion promoter.

  • Attributes:  95A hardness, rubber-like 
  • Resistances:  Chemicals, Abrasion  
  • Weaknesses:  Difficult to paint and allow flexibility  
  • Best uses:  Simple models and shapes that need to be flexible
  • Similarities: none


Our most detailed option, resin has many advantages not found in our other materials. Resin prints are great for small figurines that need to retain detail, or complex research prototypes. Layer lines are less visible and the overall surface quality is very high and smooth. Please anticipate a longer printing time with this material.