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How Can I Print?
You will need to submit your updated .stl file, .obj file, or .print file through our 3D Printing Request Form. A .print file is preferred, as this allows you to format the print specifically as you want before submitting it to us. 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. Please refer to our Helpful Hints Before You Print section, on the right of this screen, 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 3D Printing Request is scheduled, a second email when the job is printing, and a third email when your request is completed. Once you've received the third email, you can pick it up from Reed Library at your convenience near the Service Point across from the entrance of Reed Library. 3D Prints will be available in "Re3D To Go" bags on a small table to the left of the "Reed To Go" library materials pickup area. No FredCard is needed for pickup, just look for the bag with your name on it and you're all set!
Designing 3D Models
Below are a few LinkedInLearning tutorials that show how to use different 3D design software programs. Refer back to the software tab (above) for available programs and the links to download them.
LinkedInLearning courses are free of charge for SUNY Fredonia Students, Faculty, and staff. To access these tutorials free of charge, you must first link your e-services ID to LinkedInLearning. To do so, follow these steps:
- Sign into Google Chrome using your e-services username and password and click the link below.
- After following the prompts you should see a screen letting you know you have successfully linked your accounts. It will suggest linking to your LinkedIn account as well, this is step is completely voluntary.
- Once your account is linked, the tutorials should be available directly from following the tutorial links below whenever you are signed into Google Chrome with your e-services ID.
- If the tutorial has a visible price asking you to purchase the course, your accounts are not linked.
An intro to using TinkerCAD and the basics of 3D modeling.
An overview of modeling 3D designs in Blender 2.6.
A tutorial in manipulating objects, drawing in 2D and 3D space, and designing ideas in SketchUp Make.
A tutorial on how to create a captive sphere using OpenSCAD's text instructions.
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.
- OR lower the infill; however, doing so will make the print less durable, and lowering too much could cause print failure.
- For more questions check out the FAQ tab.
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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