3-D Printing

3D-printed skull and braille accessible game piece prototype

In late fall 2018, the CITL built and began maintaining a large-format 3D printer to facilitate creative academic research and interdisciplinary partnerships in the campus community, as well as for in-house research and development. In spring 2021, CITL upgraded to a Raise 3D large-format filament printer, and added a resin-based printer in fall 2022.

Clients around campus have included partnerships between geology and education students studying erosion and fossilized remains, as well as occupational therapy students developing assistive writing technologies for individuals without fingers. CITL has also printed game pieces, garment accessories, armor, dinosaur models, models of the larynx. and fossil fascimiles. See captioned photo examples above and below.

CITL also maintains two CAD stations for clients interested to design their own models using software environments including MAYA, Cinema 4D and Blender.

Faculty, staff and students interested to arrange a consultation to discuss a 3D printing project may contact 'citl@radford.edu' via email to set up a meeting time, or call 5974. For faculty wanting entire classes to print models, please contact CITL at least a month in advance of your students needing their prints.

photo of Raise3D printer

The Raise3D large-format printer.

3D-printed dinosaur being painted

3D-printed dinosaur being painted. Original model was printed with gray filament.

3D-printed trophy top of a running shoe

A trophy top of a running shoe printed for a faculty award.


Unassembled human larynx, resin-printed.

Digital model of the item to be 3-D printed.

Digital model of an assistive writing device to be 3-D printed.

3D-printed assistive writing tool for individuals without fingers

3D-printed assistive writing tool for individuals without fingers