Penn State Maker Commons

Average Time to Completion

is currently 4 Business Days

Become a Maker-in-Residence!

Undergraduate students at University Park have the opportunity to become a Maker-in-Residence
at the Maker Commons. This 10 hour per week position will give you access to harvest and maintain
the Maker Commons’ 3D printers, help other students prepare 3D prints, and create prototypes in
the Invention Studio.
Now accepting applications for Fall 2018.

Apply Now

Invention Studio


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Using Supports in MakerBot Desktop Software

You will need to decide whether or not you will need Supports for your print. Supports will be needed if any part of your model will be printing over negative space. If you are unsure whether or not you need supports, it is best to err on the side of caution and turn...

Using Rafts in MakerBot Desktop Software

Make sure Raft is turned on in Makerbot Desktop settings before you export your print.  The raft provides a consistent base and keeps your object from slipping during printing. Prints submitted without rafts will not print successfully. In the MakerBot Desktop...

3D Printing: Enabling Oceanic Research

Advances in 3D printing technology are expanding access to the technology to a wide range of disciplines. Long used in the engineering field, 3D printing is increasingly used in the medical community for customized prosthetics and bioprinting. Beyond medical...

Graduate Students 3D Print Exhibit Highlighting Climate Changes Effect on Vulnerable Ocean-Based Organisms

by Tyler Koslow | May 10, 2016 | 3D Design, 3D Printing, Science & Technology | We all know of the societal impact that 3D printing technology has had on various fields, from prototyping to medical research, but one vital application that is generally swept under the...

3D printing, prototyping made easy at Pattee Library’s Maker Commons

By Matt Guerry | The Daily Collegian  New to Pattee Library’s Knowledge Commons are 32 MakerBot 3-D printers, whirring away inside the glass cabinet they call home. These printers, along with a new electronic device prototyping lab, are both part of Penn State’s new...