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Purpose driven 3D printing in the Library: About and Policies

3D Printing Policies

3D Prints are limited to 50 grams per print and currently, the library is only able to schedule 1 print per day.

Your file should  be related to your course curriculum and/or co-curriculum activity.

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

  • Printing will be offered free of charge during the Fall 2018 Semester and prints are limited to a max of 50g per print.
  • Only designated library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer and prints will only be scheduled from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.
  • 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. It is recommended that students use MakerBot Print, a software designed to format files for use with our printer. Please see the software tab for more information.

  • 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 make appointment with .... by email at ......

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

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Prohibited by College 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?

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.

You will need to choose an .stl file.obj file, or .print file and save it on your USB device. Next you have to contact our librarian at to schedule a 3D printing appointment. Prior to your appointment day and time a designated library staff will look over the file to see if there are any obvious problems that need to be addressed. You will receive an email with the date a time when you can come to the Library Media Resources Center to 3D print your file.

  • What size can objects be printed?
    • The MakerBot Replicator+ print bed is 11.6"x7.6"x6.5"
  • Who can use the 3D printer?
    • Anyone who is affiliated with LaGuardia Community College. Your file should  be related to your course curriculum and/or co-curriculum activity. 3D printing is not available for the general public.
  • How much does it cost?
    • Currently, during the Fall 2018 semester, 3D printing is free.

What is 3D printing?

MakerBot Replicator2

Library Media Resources Center
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue, room E101
Long Island City, NY 11101
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