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3D Printing at the Health Sciences Library

If you would like to 3D print at the Health Sciences Library and this is your first time using our equipment, please sign up for an orientation.  Otherwise, please use the reservation system to book a time on one of our machines.

Print Specifications

Please make sure your file is set up to be printed on the printer you are using. The printers can accept files with types: .stl and .obj. We use PolyMaker PolyLite PLA filament with a 2.85mm diameter.


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.


Generally, files should have a print time less than 6 hours. Please email with questions.


The 3D printers at the Health Sciences Library are 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.

Unless you're making your own files from scratch, most users find printable files at, or numerous other print repositories.

More information and resources on 3D printing and design can be found on the HSL Makerspace research guide.