Materials Suppliers

Kevin Gronke, our workshop manager, made a map of materials suppliers in town.

Where to buy plaster

The Coffman bookstore has small quantities of plaster if you are in a hurry. You can also buy plaster in large bags at Menards or Home Depot. The closest Menards is:

ST PAUL, MN 55104

The closest Home Depot is in the Quarry Center:

(612) 782-9594

Where to buy acrylic

A-1 Acrylic in Osseo, MN has a pretty good scrap bin where you can find good pieces of acrylic for your models.

8653 Jefferson Highway
Osseo, MN 55369
Ph: (763) 424 - 9744


You can scan documents in the Computer Lab. Here are a few tips for scanning success:

  1. Use professional mode in the Epson Scan software. You can switch to Professional Mode by selecting that option from the drop down menu in the upper, right corner of the window.
  2. Select your document type. If you are scanning a line drawing you should select the document setting. If you are scanning a color drawing or photograph, you should select photograph.
  3. Save as a TIFF! If you are taking the time to scan, there is no point in compressing the results into a JPEG. Tiff files are lossless (you lose nothing to compression).
  4. Always use the preview to see how your scan will turn out.

Laptop print drivers

Where do I buy materials?

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are a few places you can buy materials near campus.

You can either login to a computer in the computer lab with your University of Minnesota account (the part before the @ of your email address) and print to the black and white and color laser printers.


You can download and install a printer driver to your laptop and print anywhere you are connected to the Internet.

You will need to have money on your Gopher Gold account (on your UCard) in order to release your print from the two stations in the computer lab. You can add money with a credit card (and a $2 fee) at the Gopher Gold website. Or, you can walk to Walter Library and use the machine on the second floor to add cash to your card without the $2 fee.