Please fill out the 3D print request webform to submit your print job. Prints will be completed within 3-5 business days or sooner, depending on demand. You will receive an email when your print can be picked up at the Health Sciences Library Library service desk.
Please make sure your file is set up to be printed on a Lulzbot TAZ 6 printer. The printer can accept files with types: .stl and .obj. We use PolyMaker PolyLite PLA filament with a 2.85mm diameter.
The file you submit to us is exactly what will be printed. Library staff will not substantially edit your file for printing. The best way to ensure your print is successful is to upload it into the free Cura for Lulzbot software (linked below in the Resources section) and double-checking your print specifications including object size, whether or not your file needs supports, and the approximate print time. Requests for supports and other custom settings should be included in the request form.
Generally, files should have a print time less than 6 hours. Requests for longer prints may be accommodated at staff discretion, please email email@example.com with questions.
The 3D printing service at the Health Sciences Library is available to current VCU students and employees, as well as VCU Health employees.
Users may 3D print any object for research, education, or personal use so long as the printed objects do not violate VCU campus policies (including prohibition on weapons) and comply with U.S. copyright, patent, and other intellectual policy regulations, which do include specific exceptions for fair use. They may not be used to produce an item or items for sale, or for any other commercial purpose or private financial gain, nor may be they be used for production-level printing (e.g. many copies of the same thing) without permission. Lastly, users should note that 3D printed objects are not food safe, so they should not be used to make objects that come into contact with food or drink. VCU Libraries staff reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
Currently this service is free.
Lulzbot edition of Cura: Free to download, helpful to determine settings and estimated print times.
More information and resources on 3D printing and design can be found on the HSL Makerspace research guide.