Makerspace (retired)

3D Printing

The University of Alberta Libraries is growing a suite of technologies to support making for research and learning.

The University of Alberta Libraries has several models of 3D printers in use at the Cameron Science and Technology Library, as well as the Digital Scholarship Centre. We use a plant-based and biodegradable PLA filament. It does not contain BPA or cause air quality degradation.

The service is staff mediated. Users submit their 3D files and printing is overseen by staff. Users are contacted to pick up printed objects when they are complete. 3D printing is free of charge but there are some limitations on the size of project.

To learn more about 3D printing at the libraries, please see the 3D Printing Service description.

Ready to Submit a 3D model?

#1 – Get your 3D model ready
#2 – Save the model as .stl file

3D Scanning

3D scanning is an emerging technology for creating detailed digital models of physical objects. It is a useful new technique in a range of areas, from creating digital replicas of historical and cultural objects to uses in prototyping and fabrication.

The Digital Scholarship Centre offers University of Alberta students, faculty, and staff access to two 3D scanners: the handheld Sense 3D Scanner and the desktop-based NextEngine 3D Scanner.

These scanners allow users to create full-colour scans of a wide range of objects, for use in contexts such as virtual and augmented reality, preservation, and game design.

To use the 3D Scanners users must have a short orientation with a DSC staff member. Once a user has completed the orientation, they are free to book time on the scanner of their choice. 3D Scanners can only be used within DSC facility.

To book an orientation please email us at

Cutting, Milling and Engraving Equipment

The DSC has an offering of unique tools that combine digital design with precision milling, cutting and engraving technologies, allowing users to create a wide variety of objects. The DSC has a Cricut Cutting and Engraving Machine, a Fabool Laser Mini Laser Cutter and Roland monoFAB SRM-20 CNC Milling Machine.

To use the cutting and milling machines users must have a short orientation with a DSC staff member. Once a user has completed the orientation, they are free to book time on the machine as needed for their project. Use of the service is free however the DSC will only keep a small selection of materials for creating objects and users may have to purchase their own materials, depending on the nature of their project. These machines can only be used within DSC facility.


The Cricut Maker machine is a precision tool that uses web based software to cut materials such as paper, cardstock, fabric and vinyl. The Cricut also engraves designs on materials using a pen tool. 2D Designs must be assembled in Cricut’s web-based design program, which easily allows for importing images created in other programs such as Adobe Illustrator.


Laser cutters cut and engrave intricate patterns on a wide range of materials such as wood, paper, and leather. They are guided by 2D digital vector drawings, and they can also reproduce photos as engraving by burning material at different intensities. The Fabool Laser Mini can cut most materials up to 2mm thick. It uses a web-based design program for design creation.


CNC (computer-numeric-control) milling machines use rotary cutters to remove material from a solid block and produce a desired object. Like 3D printers, they are driven by digital models, but instead of adding material to create the desired shape, they subtract it from the block of material.

To book an orientation please email us at