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. Once approved, it will then be added to the print queue. We ask for at least 14 days to print your object. Once your file is printed, you will receive a confirmation email with the cost and pickup instructions. 

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 given the option to schedule a 3D printing consultation. All consultations are held in person and scheduled in thirty minute blocks.


All 3D prints are charged based on amount of filament used at a cost of $0.05 per gram of material, which includes any raft or support structures. Prints are delivered as is and you are responsible for removing rafts and supports.

Payment is taken virtually. Once your poster is printed, you’ll receive an email with cost, please respond to approve transaction. Payment is taken in EagleBucks only. Money can be added to your account on the EagleBucks Portal.


After successful payment, all 3D items will be placed at the Click n Collect station, located on the first floor of the library (near the Circulation and Course Reserves desk). This floor is open 24/7.


Email Icon libmakerspace@american.edu
Location Icon Bender Library, Lower Level

Submit 3D Model to Print

Please Note

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