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Specialist printing

Reprographics and 3D printing

Specialist reprographics

We offer students a specialist service for print jobs that require special attention or material. These services include:

  • Digital fabric printing up to 135cm wide.
  • A3 dye sublimation printing.
  • Double-sided printing.
  • Large format printing with specific requirements.
  • Colour profiling for specific papers.
  • Printing for book works.
  • Extra-wide format printing.
  • Printing for concertina books.
  • Printing to support darkroom activity, eg, cyanotypes.

We also offer specialist scanning services, from flatbed scanning of film and transparencies to high-resolution drum scans and scans of oversized flat items.

Students can also make use of our in house mounting facilities located adjacent to reprographics. This includes mounting to substrates such as foam, wood or DiBond.

Students can pay for these services using the eshop.

Specialist printing and reprographics are based in the JM building, in JM019.

3D printing

Solent University offers a range of 3D printing facilities located in the Christopher Cockerell building. 

3D models can be created from a variety of materials on different 3D printers. Printing charges do apply and will differ dependant on the printer used and can be paid for via the Solent University eshop.

We have four Formlab Form2 printers for a basic self-service 3D printing service for all to use and more advanced 3D printing technologies for the more 3D informed user. The advanced printers require additional technical assistance with creating the correct file format for print and with the print itself.

Basic 3D printing

We have four Formlabs Form2 high-resolution 3D printers available to both students and staff.

Formlabs Form2 printer printing specifications

Max build volume: 145 x 145 x 175 mm (5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9 in)
Material: tough resin, flexible resin, standard resin - grey
File type: STL file converted into Preform file


Costs of 3D printing are priced at 18p per ml of resin used to make a model and can be paid for via the eshop.

How to 3D print on the Formlabs Form2

You must be familiar with a 3D modelling program to save and export a .STL file.

Step 1

  • Create a 3D model using a 3D modelling program. (maximum model size is 145 x 145 x 175mm)

Step 2

Step 3 (skip this step if you already have Preform installed)

  • Download and install Preform software to your own machine.

Step 4

  • Open Preform and follow the Preform instructions to create a Preform CAD file.
  • (Follow the preform guide instructions in step 9. Prepare file for print).
  • Tip: use ‘one click print’ to create a file with supports.

 Additional help, support and video tutorials can be found on Formlabs' scrollable page.

Other pages include:

 Step 5

  • After you have followed the Preform instructions to create a Preform Cad file with supports, confirm the print.
  • Make sure you carry out pre-print checks.

Step 7

  • Save the Preform file and transfer it to a memory stick or external hard drive.

Step 9

  • Go to the 3D printing lab (CC032) and follow the printing instructions.

Printing instructions

Timescales of print completion are variable and are dependent on the size and material used.

Advanced 3D printing

Once a 3D file of the model has been created it must be checked and converted into the correct file format for printing.

Located in CC032, the University has the following 3D printers for the advanced 3D user..

  • 3D Systems Projet 3600 Max 3D printer
  • 3D Systems Zcorp 450 3D printer

Those wishing to print on these printers must have previous 3D knowledge

3D Systems Projet 3600 Max 3D printer

Technical specifications

Bed size: build volume XYZ: 298 x 185 x 203mm (11.75 x 7.3 x 8 inches)
Material: VisiJet Crystal Plastic Material
File type: STL only

How to print

Students need to email their STL files, so it can be translated using CAD software. 

The cost of printing is charged at 90p per gram.

3D Systems Zcorp 450 3D printer

Technical specifications

Bed size: 150.00mm x 150.00mm x 150.00mm
Material: Powder white with colour available (colours must be assigned by students in CAD software, file type WRML file for colour models only)
File type: STL and WRML files for colour

How to print

Students need to email their STL files, so it can be translated using CAD software. 

The cost of printing is calculated  at £1.42 per cubic centimetre.

Help and advice

For help with your 3D printing needs, contact Paul Patrick:

Telephone: 023 8201 3352 (ext. 3352)

Paul is located in CC032.