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3D Printing: Frequently Asked Questions

Overview of ACC 3D Printing Services

Quick Answers

Available Printing Hours

The printer is open for printing during the normal business hours of the library.

Available Printing Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 9pm
Saturday
9am - 5pm

 

Cost to Print

Each print costs $1 plus $.10 per gram of the finished print. Example: If your finished print weighs 5 grams, then the cost of the print is $1.50.

 

Colors/Type of Filament

We standardly use PolyLite PLA filament for printing. The colors we normally print in are black, yellow, green, red, and natural. Colors may vary depending on availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The object I would like to print is large. Can I still print it?

A: Yes, but the object must still fit within the dimensions of our printer. However, it is helpful to remember that prints fail. The larger the base of an object, the more likely a corner will warp. The taller the piece, the more likely it will detach from the buildplate. We can try to print large object, but it is generally easier to split large objects into small objects and glue them together after printing.

 

Q: What are the dimensions of the print bed?

A: The dimensions are 267 x 267 x 229mm, 10.5 x 10.5 x 9 inches.  If you see a Lulzbot Taz 6 in person and take a measuring tape to it, you may get different numbers.  The print head can’t reach the edge of the plate or the top of the printer.  If you want to print an object larger than the dimensions listed above, you will need to split it into separate parts.

 

Q: Do you print over the summer/holidays/breaks?

A: We print whenever the library is open. That means, we will print during the summer and breaks, but not if the campus is closed. 

 

Q: I would like to print several identical objects. May I, and are there limits?

A: Yes, but there may be stipulations. We can print multiples of objects but prints do take time. Large batch printing will also be done at the discretion of the library staff to ensure that we are serving as many patrons as possible, as we only have a single printer. 

 

Q: Can I print my own job? 

A: Patrons are not allowed to use the 3D printer and print their own jobs, but as the printer is in the library, patrons are encouraged to stop by and watch the printer in motion or check out the livestream on YouTube.

 

Q: Can I submit my own project settings?

A: Yes!  If you have settings you would like us to use, just make a note of them in the notes section of your print request (e.g. 50% infill, no supports). Cura also allows you to save your file as a project, File->Save as Project. Our submission form may not allow you to attach a Cura project file. Settings may be changed at the discretion of the library staff to aid with printing. 

 

Q: Will my print hold water/be food safe/resist acids?

A: We cannot guarantee that your print will be food safe, hold water, or resist acids. Flaws or other small defects can arise that would cause a print to not hold water or be food safe.

 

Q: Can I paint my object?

A: Yes! You can find painting instructions on the internet, but library staff that has painted printed objects recommend multiple layers of paint and possibly a clear coat depending on what you may be painting.

 

Q: What happens if my print fails?

A: In the event of a print failing to complete:

  • Patrons will be charged for failed print jobs that occur because of design errors
  • The library will be responsible for any failed print jobs that occur because of mechanical or library staff errors

Patrons may not demand a new print in place of the original due to dissatisfaction with color, scale quality, design, or other options pre-selected by the user.

 

Q: Can I print a weapon?

A: No. Please review the User Agreement for 3D printing. If an object is deemed inappropriate for any reason, we will let you know and the object will not be printed.

Print Examples

Picture Frame

Weight: 61.15g

Price to Print: $7.12

Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Roctopus

Weight: 35.06g

Price to Print: $4.51

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Movable Velociraptor

Weight: 113g

Price to Print: $12.30

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Race Car

Weight: 39.25g

Price to Print: $4.93

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

T-Rex Skull Model

Weight: 221.71g

Price to Print: $23.17

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Small Boat

Weight: 11.37g

Price to Print: $2.14

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Model of the Eiffel Tower

Weight: 8.9g

Price to Print: $1.89

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Model Turbine

Weight: 114.11g

Price to Print: $12.41

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Egg Container

Weight: 36.78g

Price to Print: $4.69

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Articulated Octopus

Weight: 20.62g

Price to Print: $3.06

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Articulated Lizard

Weight: 14.43g

Price to Print: $2.44

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Articulated Eagle

Weight: 19.35g

Price to Print: $2.94

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.

Hexagon Puzzle

Weight: 115.12g

Price to Print: $12.51

​Price and weight can vary with settings. This is just an example price, not the price of your print.