3D Printing

The Library's 3D printer provides an opportunity for current AU faculty, staff, and students to further their learning experience as the technology grows. However, no one will be permitted to use the library's 3D printer to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
  • 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.
  • Note: By downloading and printing a file from Thingiverse, you must adhere to the Creative Commons license(s) indicated under the License section of the model's detailed information page.

Submitting a 3D Printing Request

All files must be submitted online using our 3D printing request form. Submissions will be reviewed to ensure that they comply with the rules above and are suitable for production. Patrons will be notified of approval within seven(7) days of submission. Once approved, it will then be added to the print queue. Once added to the queue, we ask for at least 14 days to print your object.

Only one print request may be submitted at a time. Your object must be picked up and paid for before you can submit another print request. If you submit multiple requests, they will be deleted from the queue.

3D printing is an emerging technology, and prints may fail for a variety of reasons. Our staff will work to make your print successful, but we cannot guarantee your file will print. Failed prints happen for a variety of reasons and we reserve the right to stop a print job if, in our judgment, the print is not going to be successful. If there is a problem with the design or we cannot print your object, you will be contacted and asked to schedule a 3D printing consultation. All consultations are held in person and scheduled in thirty minute blocks.

Pricing and Picking Up Your Object

All 3D prints are charged a base printing fee of $4 plus $0.05 per gram of material, which includes any raft or support structures. Upon completion of a print, the printed objects will be weighed and your library account will be billed. We accept EagleBucks only. Prints are delivered as is. You are responsible for removing rafts and supports from object. Objects must be paid for at time of pick up. You will be notified when your object is ready for pick up. Any objects not picked up within 14 days of notification will become property of the AU Library.

Please Note

The Library 3D printers are hobbyist machines. If you need you object to be exact, please consider using a commercial printing company.