Multimedia Support Center: 3D Printing

How To Submit 3D Print Requests

For Current Students, Staff, and Faculty to submit a request

Illustration of a 3D printer

Click here to fill out a 3D printing request form. 

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your contact information
  • Desired infill amount (0%-100%)
  • Whether supports are needed
  • Desired quality (or layer height)

Choose From:

  • Draft (0.2mm)
  • Normal (0.15mm)
  • Fine (0.1mm)
  • Extra Fine (0.06mm)​
  • Filament Color preference (Optional)

​Choose From:

  • Red
  • White
  • Black
  • Your .stl or .obj file

Staff will respond to your request with an estimated completion date or asking for any necessary, additional details.

Illustration of approval and denial letters Submission of a design does not guarantee service. Staff will determine whether Columbus State Library can print your project. We have restrictions for the size of prints that we can handle, the material, the item being printed, and the amount of time it takes to print. A staff member will notify you if your submission cannot be printed. *NOTE-this service is only open to currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff.

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 to set up a consultation or if you have any questions about the process.

Additional Information

Illustration of 3D object on a computerThere 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.

Illustration of a cube being drafted on parchmentThere 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.

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3D Printing Workshops

Ultimaker 2Go Printing a Blue Model Frog

Each semester, the Library and Learning Center offer 3D printing workshops at both the Columbus and Delaware campuses.

Checkout the Library's Events page on Cougar Connect for workshops at the Columbus and Delaware Campuses.

Click here to see all workshop opportunities.

Finishing Your Print

A metal file over top of a paint brush

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.

For more information, FormLabs has a good overview on how to finish your print.

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