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Makerspace: 3D Printing

Provide a collaborative technologically focused environment for SU students and staff to invent, create and learn while sharing.

What is 3D printing?

3D printers build a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design model. This is usually done by adding successive layers of printable material and so constructing the model. This is why it is also called additive manufacturing. Wikipedia.

Steps to follow for 3D printing

Step 1:

Find a 3D model from a repository or make a 3D model by using computer-aided design (CAD) software. You can also find user-submitted designs at sites like Thingiverse, more sites are available under 3D Model Resources on the right. The 3D model must be in an STL format.

Step 2:

Use our online form (Jira Service Desk - select Log in with SU Account) to submit your STL file. Please remember to log into the Jira Service Desk beforehand if you receive an error while trying to access the link or you can contact us via the details provided on the Home tab. Alternately, your request may be submitted via email to

The STL file that is submitted must be an STL file without errors. If there are any errors SU Library or Makerspace staff may not be held responsible for any errors in printing.

Please provide the following information when submitting a 3D print request:

  • Type of Zortrax filament and colour from the listed filaments available on your right.
  • Infill density (10-90%) or solid.
  • Dimensions of the object if possible.
  • Student or staff number and email address.
  • Any special instructions in the Notes section.

The submitted file will be inspected to confirm that it is in the correct format.

Step 3:

A quote will be provided on the Jira Service Desk portal and payment can be made either via EFT or at Admin A. Upload proof of payment to the Jira Service Desk portal in pdf format. If you need a physical receipt, please pay at Admin A.

Step 4:

Remember to show your receipt when you come to collect the 3D print at the Makerspace. The Makerspace staff will communicate the collection date of 3D printouts through email notifications sent via the Jira Service Desk portal.

Step 5: 

Come and collect your 3D printout. In some cases post-processing is needed after an item is 3D printed.

Prints are usually completed in less than a week, depending on the volume of requests.


Filament is the material with which 3D printers print, the same way copiers and printers use toner and ink.

Current filaments available:

PolyMax PLA: Black, White.

Z-ABS: Black, Cool Grey, Yellow.

Z-ASA Pro: Blue, Yellow.

Z-HIPS: Red, Natural White.

Z-GLASS: Andriod Green, Natural Transparent.

Z-PETG: Black, Grey.

Z-PLA Pro: Cool Grey, Gypsum White.

Z-ULTRAT: Green, Ivory, Neon Orange, Pastel Pink, Pastel Purple, Red, Yellow.

For more information on the current filaments see Zortrax Materials.

Types of filament and price per gram in ascending order:

Z-HIPS (All other colours): R2.77 per gram

Z-GLASS: R2.78 per gram

Z-PETG: R2.78 per gram

Z-HIPS (Natural White): R3.14 per gram

PolyMax PLA: R3.17 per gram

Z-ULTRAT: R3.17 per gram

Z-ABS: R3.17 per gram

Z-ASA Pro: R3.17 per gram

Z-PLA Pro: R4.10 per gram

Zortrax M300

The Stellenbosch University Makerspace has three Zortrax M300 3D printers


Build volume: 300 x 300 x 300 mm
Material container: Spool
Material diameter: 1,75 mm
Nozzle diameter: 0,4 mm
Extruder: Single
Platform: Perforated, heated
Connectivity: SD card
Support: Mechanically removed - printed with the same material as the model
Available materials: Z-HIPS, Z-GLASS, Z-PETG, Z-PLA Pro, Z-ULTRAT and Z-ASA Pro