Text: Spring 2020 3D printer loans and mediated services

The Caltech Library Techlab provides members of the Caltech community hands-on acces to innovative rapid prototyping technologies to support the Institute's research and educational mission.

To meet the needs of a fully online environment for Spring 2020 in response to COVID-19, the Caltech Library Techlab will transition from an open-access lab to a mediated 3D printing service with a circulating 3D printer loan program.

At this time:

• Mediated printing services will be available for class and research purposes only.
• 3D printer loans will only be available to currently Registered Techlab Users.
• New User Training has been postponed until further notice.


Updated: April 1, 2020



  • Chain links designed by one of our undergrads using #blender3d, printed on a @deezmaker #bukito .
  • Low-Poly Bulbasaur Planter from @Thingiverse
  • Bust of Nefertiti, from @thinigiverse

  • MRI -> 3D model -> STL -> 3D Print
  • PDB Structure: 1VDF | "Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein Coiled-Coil domain, aka COMPcc"
  • Prototypes of a silicon valve mold, version 10 - Designed by one of our grad students for his research