Our printer

  • The printer that we use is the Ultimaker 2 which performs a Fused Filament Fabrication technique (also known as Fused Deposition Modeling – FDM) to create the final 3d printed object.
  • The max print volume is 222 x 222 x200 mm.
  • Print resolution up to 40 microns (0.04mm) per layer.

Design creation

  • The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Creating a new design requires a knowledge of 3D modeling software products. Video tutorials 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 or .obj file format.
  • The Library has computers with SketchUp software that may be used to create a design. Online design programs such as Tinkercad.com can also be used.
    Digital designs also are available from various file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.com and YouMagine.com

Submitting a design for printing

  • Persons wanting to use the 3D printer shall bring submit their file, stl or .obj file format (no larger than 25MB). Staff will add the model to the printing queue.
  • The Library will view all files in Cura or other authorized software before printing.
  • Wait/pickup time: Items may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times. Library staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request.

Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printers are subject to change.

Printing agreement

When submitting a 3D print job, you will be asked to complete a request form and sign agreement form. The agreement reads:

I acknowledge that my item(s) adhere to copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material and to Lafayette College’s computer use policies. I understand that the Library reserves the right to decline a print request that does not comply with the Library printing policy or takes longer than 7 hours to print.

I understand that the Library cannot guarantee a print time, however staff may be able to provide an estimate based upon the print queue length.

I understand that priority is given to students and also to class assignments; other requests will also be honored in the order received.

I understand that items printed that are not picked up with 14 days with become the property of the Library. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.

Any items listed under the Weapons and Hazardous Materials (pg. 17) of the student handbook or any items deemed unsafe by library staff will not printed.

It is the responsibility of the patron to insure that the print has all necessary supports for printing.