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3D Printing Policies

Please Read The Following Information Before Submitting A 3D Printing Request:

We Are No Longer Accepting Requests For The Spring 2018 Semester

3D Printing @ Reed will begin again in Fall 2018.

  • 3D printing is available for students, faculty, and staff, with priority given to student use.

  • Printing will be offered free of charge during the Spring 2018 Semester. 
  • All prints will be printed with supports. This adds extra material underneath suspended areas of the print job which increases stability while printing. They can easily be removed by hand or with an X-acto knife.

  • Users are responsible for their designs and the successes of their prints. If specific instructions are not given, the library will use its best judgment and expertise to determine the best position to print the file in and if extra supports are needed.

  • If print fails due to a printer error, the library will attempt to reprint the item, but there may be delays in completion. Every effort will be made to complete the item before the requested deadline, but this is no guarantee.
  • Only designated library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer and prints will only be scheduled from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. This is not a self-service facility.

  • Items printed from the library 3D printer and not picked up within 30 days after being printed become the property of Reed Library. Items must be picked up by the individual who requested them.

  • To submit a request, please fill out the 3D Printing Request Form. Requests require at least 24-hour notice to be scheduled. Requests made on Friday may not be filled until Tuesday. Requests after 4 p.m. are considered to be submitted the following business day. 

Library Policy on Use of 3D Printers

Individuals who use the Library's 3D Printers must comply with University and Reed Library Policies.

Specifically, the library's 3D printer may not be used to create materials that are:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Prohibited by University Policies.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the campus environment
  • In violation of intellectual property rights

The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

How Can I Print?

You will need to submit your updated .stl file or .obj file through our 3D Printing Request Form.

Designated library staff will look over the file to see if there are any obvious problems that need to be addressed. Please refer to our Helpful Hints Before You Print section to make sure your design is printer-friendly before you submit your file.

  • Occasionally, print jobs will fail, so there may be delays in completion, but every effort will be made to meet the anticipated deadline.

You will receive an email when your job is completed, and you can pick it up from Reed Library at your convenience. You will need to present FredCard to collect your print job. 

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is the process of creating a physical object from a digital model. This is typically done through the use of a 3D printer which lays down many thin layers of material.

3D printing is useful to anyone and can be used to create low-volume custom prototypes. For example, models for class projects, testing design ideas, creating visual aids, creating components to incorporate into larger-scale models. These ideas can be applied to many fields of study, from the sciences to the arts. The possibilities are endless, limited only to the size of the printer and your imagination.


To get an even better idea of the possibilities with 3D printing you can also explore a series of 3D model collections in our (insert link to gallery page) section on the (insert link to software) page.

3D Printing Applications

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Contact Info

Daniel A. Reed Library

Questions? Email us!

Available 3D Printing Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm


Helpful Hints Before You Print


  • Make sure your design fits on the print plate (11.6" x 7.6" x 6.5").
  • To keep the amount of material down, you can scale down your object.
  • For more questions check out the FAQ tab.

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