Caltech Library Techlab

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

When the Techlab is open for use in the Sherman Fairchild Library, students, faculty, postdocs, and staff can register for open access to our 3D printing equipment. We provide new user training and materials needed to create prototypes of 3D models. Previous experience with the equipment is not required.


Techlab services during COVID-19To meet the needs of the Caltech community in response to COVID-19, the Caltech Library Techlab now offers a mediated 3D printing service in junction with current Caltech policies and public health officials.

Current students, faculty, postdocs, and staff can submit their 3D model as an STL file using this form and staff will print the model on their behalf to be picked up through the SFL curbside pickup window.

For more information on our mediated printing service, including policies and restrictions, click here.

At this time, the following services are unavailable until further notice:

• Physical open-access to the Techlab
• New User Training
• 3D printer checkout
• Personal print project requests


Updated: July 27, 2020