3D Printing & Prototyping Service

Circle of Willis 3D Printed Magnetic Rack for test tubes 3D Printed Skull 3D Printed Brain Living Anatomy Course Ball Chain Pulley 3D Printed sculpture of arterial supply of abdominal viscera 3D Printed Foot 3D Printed Vacuum Line Adapter Fibula 3D Printed Heart A 3D-printed torso used for training 3D Printed Adaptive Cup Holder Sphere and Cylinder A synthetic skin for suture training that the prototyping team made with silicone

Who We Are

The NYU Health Sciences Library’s 3D Printing Service supports the NYU Langone Health community by printing and designing a wide variety of tools, including functional parts for use in research labs, anatomical models to aid in medical education, pre- and post-operative surgical models, and more.

What We Offer

  • Project consultation
  • 3D Design
  • No fee printing
  • High-quality results
  • Clear, consistent, and responsive communication
  • Supported exploration of 3D print technology

If you encounter any issues using our request form
please email us at #HSL_3DPP@nyulangone.org

Please submit questions related to 3D printing & prototyping or requests for consultations and prints to this form. The 3D Printing & Prototyping Service Team will contact you to discuss any issues or concerns with your proposed project within 1-2 business days, as well as schedule a consultation should you ask for one.

Frequently Asked Questions about 3D Printing

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is a way of manufacturing prototypes and physical models by adding material as opposed to removing it. There are a variety of 3D printing methods in existence. The Health Sciences Library offers both Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA) printing. We can work with you to determine which method best fits your need.

What 3D printing services do you offer?

We offer design consultations, basic 3D model editing, and 3D printing on either our Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker 3 Extended, or Form Labs 2 printers. For more complex jobs, we can help refer you to the NYU LaGuardia Studio at Washington Square which has a wide variety of 3D printing equipment and expertise.

How do I get something 3D printed?

You can fill out our 3D Project Request form or contact us at #HSL_3Dprint@nyulangone.org

Can you help me design a 3D model?

Yes. In addition, we can help edit an existing model and recommend resources for performing various modifications.

How much does 3D printing cost?

Currently all of our 3D printing services are offered at no cost. If the job requires using the NYU LaGuardia Studio 3D printing facilities, the LaGuardia Studio will provide a quote for materials.

How long does it take?

Preparing for the print can take a few days. Furthermore, the printing process itself may take up to a week. A good rule of thumb would be a one- to two-week turnaround time.

What materials and colors do you have available?

You can find a list of materials here. We will contact you with color options for your model.

Are there any limitations/prohibitions on what can be 3D printed by the NYU Health Sciences Library?

All items submitted as part of the 3D Printing request need to be related to medical education or research in some way or format. Furthermore, the requestor must have permission to use the 3D model provided. Finally, we offer our services as is and provide no warranties or guarantees.

Information about 3D Printing Materials

We offer a wide variety of 3D printing materials depending on the printer you've chosen and your intended application. Please refer to the chart below and follow the links to the manufacturers' websites, or contact us for more information.

Material Properties Uses
PLA Odorless, low-warp, eco-friendly, less energy to process Ideal for models and prototypes that require aesthetic detail
Tough PLA Impact strength similar to ABS, greater than regular PLA; higher stiffness compared with ABS; less brittle than regular PLA Ideal for reliably printing functional prototypes and tooling at larger sizes
CPE+ Chemical resistant, tough and demonstrates good dimensional stability, higher temperature resistance and increased impact strength Ideal for models and prototypes that require aesthetic detail
TPU Flexible 3D printing material, excellent abrasion resistance, smooth feeding properties, durable Go-to choice for a wide array of manufacturing projects that demand the qualities of both rubber and plastic
ABS Makes durable parts that need to withstand higher temperatures, easy to print with, strong plastic Allows the creation of functional prototypes and complex end-use parts
PVA Non harmful, non-toxic, and environment friendly, easily dissolved in water under normal temperature, easy stripping Ideal for printing complex models that require supports for large overhangs, deep internal cavities, and intricate geometries
Nylon Strong, lightweight, durable, flexible, wear-resistant, 100% thermoplastic Great choice for 3D printing tools, functional prototypes, and end-use parts
Form Labs
Material Properties Uses
Clear Resin Polishes to near optical transparency, making it ideal for working with light or showcasing internal features. Supports print resolutions: 100, 50, and 25 microns Great for fluidics and moldmaking, optics, lighting, and any parts requiring translucency
Tough Resin Durable and resilient, ideal for snap-fit joints and rugged prototypes. Requires UV post-cure. Supports print resolutions: 100 and 50 microns Ideal choice for prototyping strong, functional parts and assemblies that will undergo brief periods of stress or strain
Durable Resin Designed to simulate polypropylene (PP) plastic, with comparable low modulus and high-impact strength Use this wear-resistant, ductile material when parts require deformation and a smooth, glossy finish
High Temp Resin Ideal for testing hot air or fluid flow, this material is great for static applications that will undergo higher temperatures. Supports print resolutions: 100, 50, and 25 microns Great for prints that need to undergo high temperatures, can be used to facilitate casting and thermoforming
Flexible Resin Versatile, tactile, and impact-resistant, making parts that are bendable and compressible. Requires UV post-cure. Supports print resolutions: 100 and 50 microns To create ergonomic features as part of larger assemblies


3D designs, including designs you create, are subject to intellectual property rights including copyright. You are required to investigate and follow the licenses accompanying 3D designs that you ask the NYU Health Sciences Library to print on your behalf. We reserve the right to request information related to the licensing of a design, and refuse any print job where we believe we would infringe on someone's intellectual property.