Standing steps from Northeastern’s 3D printing studio Thursday night, visiting professor Janos Stone urged the huddled crowd of intrigued, inquiring students, “3D printing has barely been explored.”

The university ushered in November by hosting a 3D Printing Week, in an effort to acquaint the community with the cutting-edge tools newly available on the second floor of the Snell Library.

A dozen or so machines now quietly hum in the recently opened Digital Commons, including full-size and smaller desktop printers, as well as 3D scanners and laser cutters. A MakerBot Replicator 2, which rings in at more than $2,000, can now be accessed by anyone with a valid Northeastern ID.

“The most exciting thing about this lab is access,” said Mark Sivak, an assistant academic specialist at Northeastern, said in an email to BostInno. “Students from every college and program in the university — as well as alumni in the future — will have access to the studio, not just design or engineering or other disciplines that more commonly use this technology.”