The Discovery Learning Laboratory has three Dimension 3D prototyping machines: an Elite, a 1200ES, and a uPrint.

These machines are available for student and faculty use when pursuing educational or research goals. We ask questions from time to time about the purpose of the prototype in order to manage this resource. Contact the Operations Engineer if you have questions.


  • CAD files should be an exported .stl from any CAD package that you like.
  • The work order should state the physical size and volume of the object to be printed. This can be calculated by the CAD software. We use this information to select the machine which will fit your model. This is not required, only helpful.
  • Plan on a two to four workday turnaround. Sometimes it is shorter, sometimes longer. It depends on the complexity of the model.
  • The plastic material is Stratasys® ABS-M30.
  • Current reported tolerances of the printed model are 0 to +0.010 inch. Inner diameters of holes will sometimes be up to 0.020 inch undersized.
  • Small parts can sometimes be a problem. Something smaller than a thumbnail is not usually successful. Each layer is 0.010 inch.
  • Dimension 1200ES: Build table size - 254 x 254 x 305 mm (10 x 10 x 12 in.)
  • Dimension Elite: Build table size - 203 x 203 x 305 mm (8 x 8 x 12 in.)
  • Dimension uPrint: Build Table size - 203 x 152 x 152 mm (8 x 6 x 6 in.)
  • Average cost of printing is approximately $5-$6 per cubic inch. However, we do not charge for the use of the printers... yet. Please keep this in mind.
Students studying in lab

About the lab

The Marquette Engineering program is design-focused and laboratory intensive. Many classroom and laboratory assignments are multidisciplinary and project-based. The Stan Jaskolski Discovery Learning Laboratory provides a fully equipped, on-site machine shop for design and production of prototypes, test fixtures or complex objects. It is a place where students explore the practical aspects of engineering.


Operations Engineer
Thomas A. Silman
(414) 288-5423