Love in the Archives 2019
3D Printing


3D Printing


Download 3D Anatomical Heart pattern (4.1 MB)

Download Heart-Eyes Emoji pattern (292 KB)

Download ASL I Love You Hand pattern (673 KB)


Exhibit visitors enjoyed the demonstration of our MOD-t, an affordable, easy-to-use 3D printer that heats polylactic acid (PLA) filament to create real objects from three-dimensional designs. PLA is a biodegradable polyester created sustainably from plants like corn, cassava, or sugarcane. Many other 3D printers are available and 3D printing is becoming popular with hobbyists. Industries use 3D printing to quickly prototype new products; 3D printing technology also has many potential applications in medicine.

You can use software like Maya, Sketchup, or Blender to create your own designs. People share 3D printer files on sites like Thingiverse and Pinshape, so you can print other people’s designs too. During the exhibit, several simple love-related designs were printed for visitors to take with them.

Curated by Amy Winter, Program Specialist, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication


Archival Science | Collection Development and Management

3D Printing