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McEntegart Library Guide

3D Printing Policy and Procedure

3D Printing Request Form

Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects

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MakerBot's Thingiverse is an open source website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital files.

Faculty Resources

Want a manipulative for class?  Need an item to show your students?  We can print it for you! Please refer to the McEntegart Hall Library 3D Printing Policy for more information on pricing and policy. 

Thingiverse Education - provide over a hundred free lessons that make teaching with a 3D printer easier and more effective.


How do I get my file printed? - Please bring your file (in .stl file format) to the Circulation Desk and submit a 3D printing request form online.

Is there a charge for printing my item? - Yes, printing fees are charged to cover costs of materials and staff time involved with creating the 3D object. 

  • 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 a 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.

What type of file do you accept?  - Accepted file type is .stl (Stereo Lithography Type).

Where can I get .stl file? - Search for a model that you want to print in Thingiverse.  Thingiverse is an open source dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files. When selecting a model, make sure to check the file is licensed under Creative Commons.

Can I operate the printer and scanner myself? - The 3D printer and scanner will only be operated directly by staff right now. If you are interested in seeing the 3D printer or scanner in action, please contact a staff member for a demonstration.

How big of an object can you 3D print or scan? - The MakerBot Replicator's maximum printing dimensions are 9.9L x 7.8W x 5.9H inches. The MakerBot Digitizer’s maximum scanning dimensions are 8 x 8 in.

How long will it take to print my object? - An estimated cost will be emailed to you for approval before the print will be initiated.  3D items will not be printed without acknowledgement of the cost involved.  All print requests will be added to a queue and will be printed in the order in which they were received.  While our goal is 2-3 business days, library staff will print all projects as quickly as possible based on staff time and availability. You will be notified when your object has been printed and is ready for pickup.  The Library makes no commitment to being able to produce print submissions in a specific timeframe.  Please note, projects submitted for a course assignment will have priority in the printing schedule once the assignment has been confirmed with the faculty member. 

How many objects can I request a time? - You can submit one item request at a time.  A single item having multiple parts or files will be considered one item with printing fees charged for each file.  If you have interest in multiple items, please submit one item per request.

What material does the 3D printer use? - Our MakerBot 5th Generation 3D printer uses PLA (Polylactic Acid) Filament.  PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic which is derived from renewable resources, such as cornstarch, sugar cane, tapioca roots or even potato starch. MakerBot PLA Filament is a nontoxic resin made of sugar derived from field corn and has a semisweet smell when heated.

Can I schedule a printing consultation? - Yes!  Email us at to set up an individual information session or printing consultation.

Items Printed at McEntegart Hall Library

T-Rex skeleton


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