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3D Printing

FAQ's

How do I get my file printed? - Please bring your file (in .stl file format) to the Circulation Desk. We reserve the right to refuse any print or cancel a request due to staffing needs or issues with the printer.

Is there a charge for printing my item? - No as of now printing is free for now.

What type of file do you accept?  - Accepted file type is .stl (Stereo Lithography Type). No weapons or dangerous items will be printed.

Where can I get .stl file? - Search for a model that you want to print in Thingiverse.  Thingiverse is an open source dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files. When selecting a model, make sure to check the file is licensed under Creative Commons.

Can I operate the printer and scanner myself? - The 3D printer will only be operated directly by staff right now. If you are interested in seeing the 3D printer or scanner in action, please contact a staff member for a demonstration. contact: library@rbc.edu

How big of an object can you 3D print? - The MakerBot Replicator's maximum printing dimensions are 9.9L x 7.8W x 5.9H inches. 

How long will it take to print my object? - An estimated cost will be emailed to you for approval before the print will be initiated.  3D items will not be printed without acknowledgement of the cost involved.  All print requests will be added to a queue and will be printed in the order in which they were received.  While our goal is 5 business days, library staff will print all projects as quickly as possible based on staff time and availability. You will be notified when your object has been printed and is ready for pickup.  The Library makes no commitment to being able to produce print submissions in a specific timeframe.  Please note, projects submitted for a course assignment will have priority in the printing schedule once the assignment has been confirmed with the faculty member. 

How many objects can I request a time? - You can submit one item request at a time.  A single item having multiple parts or files will be considered one item. If you have interest in multiple items, please bring one item per request.

What material does the 3D printer use? - Our MakerBot 5th Generation 3D printer uses PLA (Polylactic Acid) Filament.  PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic which is derived from renewable resources, such as cornstarch, sugar cane, tapioca roots or even potato starch. MakerBot PLA Filament is a nontoxic resin made of sugar derived from field corn and has a semisweet smell when heated.

Can I schedule a printing consultation? - Yes!  Email us at library@rbc.edu to set up an individual information session or printing consultation.