3D printing at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Additive manufacturing is a crucial technology which enables rapid prototyping of technical components. Those may be as large as prototypes of aircraft engine blades, or, as small as prototypes of microelectronic components. Often, a thorough review of rapid prototyping, including application-driven tests, is an integral step within an entire R&D process. Furthermore, additive manufacturing represents a new path towards miniaturization of components for optical systems. All this is possible due to the fact that parts of complex shapes, less mass and additional functionality may be producible by a 3D printer, but be inaccessible for a production by other common technologies.

The goal of the Makerspace is to provide access to additive manufacturing technologies in the Institute of Physics, as well as, to get students into contact with these types of technologies. The Makerspace team is eager to support research projects with the 3D printing technologies which are available in the Makerspace workshop, while also contributing hands-on experience. By collaborating together with you, we look forward to increase our understanding about this technology and explore what may help your research activities in the future.

For further questions contact us via email at:

Available Printers

  Formlabs Form 3 Ultimaker 5s Ultimaker 3s
Technology Low force stereolithography (LFS) (resin printer) Fused deposition modelling (FDM) (filament printer) Fused deposition modelling (FDM) (filament printer)
Printable volume 145x145x185 mm 330x240x300 mm 215x215x200 mm
Resolution X/Y 25 µm    
Layer thickness 25-300 µm 20-200 µm 20-400 µm
Types of material
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Polylactide (PLA) Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Polylactide (PLA)

How to get your part printed

Send a mail to with the following information:

• What type of part do you want to print?
Part design models within the format of .stl or .ipt files are a very good start
• What are the expected requirements of your application?
Pay attention to requirements on the mechanical strength, temperature stability, and shape accuracy your finished part should meet
• What type of material would you prefer?
If your selected material is printable by our devices, but not yet present in the Makerspace, you are invited to bring it along into the Makerspace

A room with three 3D printers at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin