AMI Plastic 3D Printing


The AMI has several Ultimaker2 3D printers aimed at exposing the campus and community to the next industrial revolution. This revolution has caused a return to product customization from that of mass production. 3D printing technologies have enabled the production of customized parts at an affordable price. Lafayette’s campus has access to these printers to make their own 3D printed parts.


Plastic Printing Process

The Ultimaker2s print plastic through the process of fused filament fabrication. During this process the material is heated above a specific temperature (melt or glass transition temperature depending on the material used) so it can be extruded through a nozzle. The filament is extruded layer by layer; the heat causes the plastic to adhere to the plastic it is placed next to or on top of forming the desired object. AMI’s YouTube channel demonstrates this process along with how to render a .stl file in Cura for printing.




Campus Access to Ultimaker2 3D Printers

If you would like to learn more about 3D printing and try your hand at making your own part, stop by AEC 202 during the open office hours and a chaperone will help you print your first piece. You can learn more about the printing process before using the printers by visiting our YouTube page to become familiar with the operation of the printers and learn how to render your drawing in Cura for printing. Files can be converted in Cura from .stl to .gcode for printing.


Spring 2016 Schedule:

Monday: 10 a.m. –  6 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 12:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Maker Meet-Ups

Events will be held to help the Lafayette community learn more about 3D printing and train individuals to use the Ultimaker2 3D printers for personal projects.



Seminars around topics related to additive manufacturing will be held throughout the year to introduce the campus to additive manufacturing.



Workshops will be held introducing the campus to a wide variety of additive manufacturing technologies along with workshops focusing on skills that are helpful for additive manufacturing (3D design, 3D scanning, etc.).


Design Challenges

This spring semester the IPrize challenge focuses on sustainability.  Start connecting with others on campus in order to register and present your idea to a panel of judges on May 12 for the chance to be awarded a grand prize of $5,000.

To learn more contact the AMI at

Also visit:

Metal 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing Institute