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The Makerspace at the Health Sciences Library

About the 3D Printers

The Makerspace at VCU’s Health Sciences Library hosts three 3D printers. Two Prusa i3 MK4 3D printers and one Formlabs Form 4 resin 3D printer. The Prusa 3D printers are “fused deposition modeling” systems, meaning that the printers melt plastic filament into fine thread and deposit this thread layer by layer according to a 3D digital model tool path.To book an orientation with the Prusa 3D printers please fill out this form. The Formlabs resin printer, on the other hand, forms 3D models out of liquid resin. The printer’s build platform is filled with liquid resin and then the printer emits UV laser light that hardens the resin into the desired shape layer by layer. The resin printer is not available to be trained on or used by patrons, however, if you are interested in having your design printed on HSL’s resin printer please email

Original Prusa i3 MK4 3D Printer

  • Requires Orientation                                                
  • Specs:
    • Build Volume: 9.84 x 8.3 x 8.6 inches (250 x 210 x 220 mm)
    • Highest Resolution: 0.05mm (50 microns) with the 0.4mm nozzle              
  • Compatible Software: PrusaSlicer
  • Further Resources: Official Handbook        

Formlabs Form 4 Resin 3D Printer

  • Specs:
    • Build Volume: 7.9 x 4.9 x 8.3 inches
    • XY Resolution: 50 µm with pretuned anti-aliasing for subpixel resolution
    • Typical Dimensional Tolerances:

      • 1-30 mm features: ±0.15% (lower limit: ±0.02 mm)

      • 31-80 mm features: ±0.2% (lower limit: ±0.06 mm)

      • 81-150 mm features: ±0.3% (lower limit: ±0.15 mm)

  • Compatible Software: PreForm
  • Further Resources: Formlabs Guide
  • Email your design requests to:

Form 4 Basic Package