McEntegart Hall Library 3D Printing Request
To request a 3D printing, please fill out a 3D Printing Request Form below and drop off a USB drive containing the .stl 3D image file at the circulation desk.
By submitting this form, you agree to the following:
- Only designated library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer and scanner.
- The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request. The 3D printer will be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the library’s 3D printer to create material that is:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- A weapon, or replica thereof, that is unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
- Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
- In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
- Items with an excessive weight or size can be denied at the discretion of the library staff.
- Refusal to print an item is at the discretion of library staff. The library reserves the right to deny a print request for any reason. In the event the user’s request is in violation of these terms, the user will be contacted.
- Files must be created using compatible 3D creation software and saved to a USB drive in .stl format. Free 3D modeling programs are available on the internet.
- Files can be downloaded from the Makerbot Thingiverse (thingiverse.com) and other websites. Many of the items available from Thingiverse are covered by Creative Commons Licensing. While they are free to use, read the license listed on the item page, as restrictions may apply. Items obtained from any websites should be edited in the Makerbot Desktop software and saved as a .stl file to a USB drive.
- Only .stl files are accepted. File size must be a maximum of 25MB. For multi-part models (multiple items assembled to create one finished design), organize the files together into a folder and compress them into one zip file for uploading. An estimated cost will be emailed to the user for approval before printing will be initiated. 3D items will not be printed without user’s acknowledgement of the cost involved.
3D Printing Cost
- Set Up Fee: $2.00
- Cost per gram: $0.25 (Excessive print time $0.50 per half hour over one hour)
- Estimated cost will be provided prior to the requested item being printed. The final price may fluctuate from the estimate, as print times have been known to vary from the estimates given by the printer.
- Items with multiple files will be processed and charged individually at the discretion of the library staff 3D printing team. The user will be responsible for assembling his/her own item once all pieces have been completed.
If an item has been printed and it does not print to the user’s satisfaction, the user is still obligated to pay all costs associated with printing. In the event an item does not print properly due to design flaws, the user will be charged for the initial set up fee only.
For more information, visit McEntegart Hall Library 3D Printing LibGuides.