Welcome to the DreamVendor


Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm


Goodwin Hall Atrium

The DreamVendor is an interactive 3D printing station for Virginia Tech students to enable them to quickly fabricate prototypes for their academic, and even personal, design projects.

Think of it as a vending machine with an infinite inventory – you simply insert a usb containing a digital model of your part (specifically, an STL file exported from your favorite CAD software); the DreamVendor then prints your part and dispenses it into a bin for you to pick up.

In addition, the DreamVendor will soon house physical examples of the latest research by the members of the DREAMS Lab. We hope that the DreamVendor will provide students with an easy way to access the exciting field of additive manufacturing.

Detailed Instructions – This tells you exactly what you need to do to print on the DreamVendor

Rules, Tips, & Tricks – How is Additive manufacturing (3D printing) different from traditional manufacturing? This section lets you know how to get the most out of the DreamVendor.

Downloads – None of this software is necessary to use the DreamVendor, but you may find it useful.

The Creation of the DreamVendor – The gallery of pictures showing how the DreamVendor was realized

The DreamVendor is supported by the Student Engineers’ Council and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.