BearPrint Premium

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BearPrint Premium is a special variation on the BearPrint allotment system that is used for print jobs on the 3D and Large Format printers that we currently have housed in our Glass Hall 229 Open Access Lab. Unlike BearPrint, there is no annual allotment for BearPrint Premium. However, $5 allotment cards can be purchased from the Missouri State Bookstore. The cards can be redeemed through the PaperCut system for BearPrint Premium by following the instructions on the allotment card.

Redeeming a BearPrint Premium Card

BearPrint Premium cards can be redeemed by logging into the BearPrint Premium PaperCut system here.


Large Format Printing

Large Format Printer, Canon IPF825

One of the two types of printing available through the BearPrint Premium system is large format printing. We use a Canon IPF825 for our large format printing which is able to handle page sizes up to a maximum of 42″ in either length or width for both color and black and white printing.

Large Format Printing Costs

Large Format Printing Costs are determined by a combination of which paper type is used and how many linear inches of that paper are used during the print. The price combinations are as follows:

  • 36 inch Satin Photo Paper: $0.20 per linear inch
  • 42 inch Satin Photo Paper: $0.25 per linear inch

This means that a standard 36″ x 24″ poster print would cost $4.80, and a standard 42″ x 30″ poster print would cost $7.50.

Steps for Ordering / Processing a Large Format Print

  1. Create your file (image or .pdf) and make sure that it is sized and saved in the dimensions that you would like it to print.
  2. Bring the file to the Glass Hall Computer Lab on some type of removable media (USB).
  3. Let a Lab Assistant know that you would like to do a print on the Large Format Printer.
  4. The Lab Assistant will calculate the cost for you and then check your BearPrint Premium account to make sure that you have the required funds.
  5. The Lab Assistant will let you know how much your job will cost and verify the charges to your BearPrint Premium account before charging you.
  6. The Lab Assistant will print your job for you and give it to you when it is finished – most jobs finish within 5 minutes.

3D Printing

3d Printer, MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation

The other kind of printing done on the BearPrint Premium system is 3D printing. Currently we use a MakerBot Replicator Fifth Generation that is able to use PLA filament in a variety of colors to create a physical plastic-like representation of a digital 3D object.

3D Printing Costs

3D Printing is charged based on the amount of filament used in creating the object, plus a maintenance fee that helps maintain an efficient, effective build space. The MakerBot Desktop Software, which can be downloaded for free from MakerBot’s Website, will calculate the amount in grams that a print job will use.

The official cost formula is $0.10 per gram + $1.00 per job.

Example: A 30 gram print job would cost $4.00 ($3.00 for the filament + the $1.00 maintenance fee).

Steps for Ordering / Processing a 3D Print

  1. Create or download your 3D print object.
  2. Prepare the object for printing via the MakerBot Desktop Software.
  3. Bring the object to the Glass Hall Computer Lab on some type of removable media (USB, DVD, etc.).
  4. Let a Lab Assistant know that you would like to do a 3D print.
  5. The Lab Assistant will queue up the job, calculate the cost for you, and check your BearPrint Premium account to make sure that you have the required funds.
  6. The Lab Assistant will let you know how much your job will cost and verify the charges to your BearPrint Premium account before charging you.
  7. An information sheet will be filled out for your job including filename (which will be saved to the printing queue), job color, and contact information.
  8. You will be contacted when your print is ready to be picked up from the Glass Hall 229 Computer Lab.
  9. Bring your BearPass Card, other photo ID , and / or the job receipt to pick up your print job.

Tips for 3D Printing

There are several things to keep in mind to ensure that your 3D print turns out as optimal as possible.

  • The 3D printer cannot create a 3D representation of a standard image file (.jpg, .bmp, .tiff, etc.). It will need a 3D object file.
  • The MakerBot desktop software only accepts .obj, .stl, and .thing files to use for printing. All other file types will need to be converted by you before they can be printed.
  • The printer builds the object from the bottom up, so any hanging pieces without support underneath them will likely not turn out as intended unless they are printed with some kind of supporting material.

For any other 3D Printer questions feel free to come into Glass Hall and talk to any of our full-time staff or Lab Assistants.

 

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