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3D printing services, located in the Digital Media Center, are available to all active DU students, faculty, staff and its alumni to make three-dimensional objects in various materials using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. To request this service, please fill out our 3D Printing Request Form.
There is no cost for 3D printing at the Digital Media Center for DU students, faculty or staff.
The procedure for printing from the Digital Media Center’s 3D printers is as follows:
- It is required for 3D Printing Technicians to go over design elements and inspect the 3D model to ensure that it can be printed.
- Creating a new 3D model requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products. Video tutorials that accompany CAD programs can be of assistance.
- Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format. The Digital Media Center currently offers Blender and Google Sketchup for 3D modeling.
- The Digital Media Center has computers with 3D Modeling Software and Photoshop software that may be used to create a design.
- Digital designs are also available from various file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.com.
Submitting a design for printing
- Persons wanting to utilize the 3D printing capabilities will bring their file (in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format) on a thumb drive and must fill out a 3D Printing Request Form.
- Consultations can be arranged with staff to go over 3D modeling basics and help ensure successful prints for desired dimensions.
- If there is high demand, the Digital Media Center will schedule only one print per day per person or entity.
- The files will be readied for printing in Cura, Slicer or other authorized software. Digital Media Center staff will view all files in Cura, Slicer or other authorized software before printing.
- Wait/pickup time: Items may be picked up at the Digital Media Center. It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times and depending on queue length, print times may vary. Digital Media Center staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request. An email will be sent when the 3D object is ready to be picked up.
Please note that procedures governing the use of the Digital Media Center’s 3D printers are subject to change.
3D printers located in the Digital Media Center may be used only for lawful purposes. Active DU students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be permitted to use 3D printers to create material that is:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for a Library environment.
- In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
The Digital Media Center staff reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
Items printed from 3D printers that are not picked up within 7 days of notification will become property of the Anderson Academic Commons. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.
Only designated Digital Media Center staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printers.