For Current Students, Staff, and Faculty to submit a request
You will be asked to provide the following information:
Staff will respond to your request with an estimated completion date or asking for any necessary, additional details.
Upon completion of the print, a Staff member will email you stating your print is complete and you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk in the Columbus Library, or the Learning Center at the Delaware Campus. You will need to present your photo ID to receive your print.
Presently, the Library does not charge for 3D printing due to grant funding. Though we do restrict the number of prints we allow for each patron, dependent on our workload and available materials.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation or if you have any questions about the process.
There are many sites where you can download a 3D file to print. The Library’s 3D Printing Guide has a list of places where you can search for designs. You can also stop by the Library or Delaware Learning Center to work with a librarian or staff member to locate a design.
There are many free software options. The Library’s 3D Printing Guide has a list of these software.
The Multimedia Support Center also has a Multimedia lab outfitted with 3D design software including Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, Z-Brush, and access to Solidworks. All of these software are available to current students and staff within the lab. For more information, visit the Multimedia Support Center's webpage.
Additionally, each semester the Library and Learning Center offer 3D printing workshops on Tinkercad, a free, online program. Please checkout the Library's Events page on Cougar Connect for workshop dates and times.
For most requests, we use PLA, a thermoplastic that is non-toxic and biodegradable. A limited number of color choices are available (white, silver, or blue). We also have some ABS, an extremely durable thermoplastic, available upon request.
Each semester, the Library and Learning Center offer 3D printing workshops at both the Columbus and Delaware campuses.
Once your print has finished, you may want to pant it. Acrylic paints tend to work the best for PLA prints. You can use any cellulose or oil-based spray paint.
Before you paint, however, consider using sand paper or a metal file to smooth your print’s surface, especially if it required supports.
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