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3D Printing: Re3D Printing Home

Re3D Announcements!

Opening Soon!

Offering new materials this semester!

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at reed3d@fredonia.edu

 

Open Office Hours - Want to see the 3D printer in action? Have questions about your print request? Please feel free to stop in or send us an email to see if we are in the office!

Open Office Hours for Spring 2024:
Sunday: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 6:30 - 8 PM
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED

3D Printing Policies

3D Prints Are Limited To 80g Per Print. Prints Will Be Scheduled Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday!

  • Re3D Printing is available for students, faculty, and staff of the State University of New York at Fredonia, with priority given to student use.

  • Re3D Printing is offered free of charge in the default filament and color, and prints are limited to a max of 80g per print. 

    • Our default filament is the Prusament Recycled PLA, which is a dark gray color

    • Prints with many parts should be submitted as multiple requests; there is currently no cap on the number of prints each student may request.

  • Prints will be printed with supports when necessary. This adds extra material underneath suspended areas of the print job which increases stability while printing. We remove what we can once the print is complete.

  • Only designated library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.

  • Items printed through Re3D Printing and not picked up within 30 days after being printed become the property of Reed Library. Please only take your own items!

  • To submit a request, please fill out the 3D Printing Request Form. Once your request has been submitted, it will be put into the printing queue. You will be contacted once this occurs. For more information about the scheduling and pick-up process, please see the "How Can I Print?" box below.

How Can I Print?

You will need to submit your updated .stl file.obj file, or .print file through our 3D Printing Request Form. This can be done by uploading the file directly to the request form, or by submitting the url for the source of the file. For more information see the software tab.

Designated library staff will look over the file to see if there are any obvious problems that need to be addressed. We go through and make sure that the design follows our content guidelines and is printer friendly!

  • 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 3D Printing Request is scheduled and a second email when your print is complete. Once you've received the second email, you can pick it up from Reed Library at your convenience from our Re3D designated pick-up area. No FredCard is needed for pickup; just look for the bag with your name on it and you're all set!

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, and 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What size can objects be printed?

    • The MakerBot Replicator+ print bed is 11.6" x 7.6" x 6.5"

    • The Pulse print bed is 10" x 9.25"

  • Can I print a big sword?

    • Right now our printer is not large enough to print something as large as a sword without breaking it into segments. Sword requests will be turned down due to the amount of material they use when they're printed. 

  • Who can use the 3D printer?

    • Anyone who is affiliated with The State University of New York at Fredonia. 3D printing is not available for the general public.

  • What type of software should I use?

    • Please see the Software tab. You can use any design software you like, but all files must be uploaded as an .stl, .obj, or .print file. You can also upload a link to the object. 

  • How much does it cost?

    • Currently, 3D printing is free.

  • Whom should I contact for additional assistance?

  • What do you mean by Recycled PLA?

    • PLA is a biodegradable, compostable, plastic made from fermented corn starch, but it's not recyclable in the traditional sense. Recycling centers generally lack the equipment to process PLA, as it is different from the standard plastics they process. All of our waste PLA generated from support material or failed prints is saved to be recycled by a specialized recycling plant or composted. None of our PLA goes in the trash. To further reduce our impact, we have switched our PLA to Prusament recycled PLA. This PLA is made from the bits of plastic and loose ends that the factory has from past orders. These bits that would otherwise have been wasted are melted down together to form a new spool of PLA filament. Because the PLA is made from leftovers, we can't control the color, which consists of whatever scraps they had mixed together when they made it. The current spool seems to be a shade of black with small silver sparkles.

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.

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