3D Printing

General Information:

3D printing is a process of creating three-dimensional objects from a digital file. It involves adding material layer by layer to build the object. Two common methods are Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA).

FDM works by feeding filament through a printers hot end and extruding it layer by layer, to build an object from the bottom up. FDM is widely used for its affordability and versatility in creating durable parts with a broad range of materials.

SLA uses an Ultra Violet UV laser to cure liquid resin into solid parts, layer by layer. It’s renowned for its high resolution and accuracy, producing parts with smooth finishes and intricate details. It’s making it ideal for prototypes and end-use parts where precision is crucial.

3D Printing allows us to create complex shapes and geometries that would be challenging to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods.

To 3D Print, please come to our office with your file, we are located on Level 2, Room 218, Building 421 (School of Architecture and Planning).

Email for 3D Printing:  drh022@aucklanduni.ac.nz


File format required:  STL  ( .stl )

Available 3D Printers – FDM (Filament)

Ultimaker 3 – Build Volume: 160mm (L) x 160 mm (W) x 180mm (H)

Ultimaker 5 – Build Volume: 300mm (L) x 200 mm (W) x 300mm (H)

Ultimaker 7 – Build Volume: 300mm (L) x 200 mm (W) x 300mm (H)

Available 3D Printers – SLS (Resin)

FormLabs Form 3 – 130mm (L) x 130mm (W) x 160mm (H)

*Models must fit in the Printers Build Volume

*Near the end of the Semesters, when it gets busy, there is usually a queue for 3D Printing (Usually a 2-3 day queue). So make sure you bring your files in early.



Available PLA Colours:

PLA Black

PLA Blue

PLA Green

PLA Magenta

PLA Orange


PLA Silver Metallic

PLA Transluscent

PLA White

PLA Yellow

PLA Banana

PLA Candy

PLA Lava Red

PLA Lavender

PLA Mint

PLA Sapphire Blue

PLA Teal

Available Resin Colours:

Clear Resin (Out of Stock)

White Resin

Costs and Payment:

3D printing is charged by a Category of Units, each Unit represents 10 grams of Material used. The quality and material you select will the determine the Category you pay for. When your 3D Print is done, you will be told which Category to select and how many Units to pay for. Please don’t purchase more than the amount quoted, as refunds are not available.

You will need to pay via the creative store, After making the payment, please show the receipt to the DRH staff or you can send an email to us with the digital receipt attached. All jobs must be paid before collection.

Email for 3D Printing:  drh022@aucklanduni.ac.nz