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Faculty Library Guide

Library Intro and Basics for New Faculty

Using the 3D Printer

Squires Library has one 3D printer available for faculty, staff, and student use. Our printer is a Fusion3 F306 Single that prints up to 12"x12"x12".

3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. This involves heating bioplastic filament and then laying it down in thin layers until a new object emerges.

We provide the 3D printer free of charge for projects related to coursework. For an individual's personal use, we charge $0.20/gram for each object and operate the queue on a first-come, first-served basis.

3D printers can be difficult machines and problems often occur, but we do our best to turn prints around as quickly as possible. Depending on demand and the project, this usually takes anywhere from one day to one week-- and sometimes longer.

If you would like to use the 3D printer, please contact the library's Public Services Desk at campus extension 8551 or 8562.

Request Form

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

  • When the object is complete it will be weighed and charged $0.20 per gram. This amount will be rounded up to the nearest dollar. 

Can I be given a price estimate?

  • Yes, the software that we use to print allows us to estimate the weight of the object. 

What colors do you have?

  • Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Natural

Can I print multiple colors on one object?

  • This is a single filament 3D Printer so it can not print on the same objects two different colors. If you have separate objects that go together then you are able to use different colors. 

Can I watch my object print?

  • Yes, there will be a start time for the print and you are more than welcome to come by and watch your object be printed.