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The Studios at Russell Library

About 3D Printing                                                                                              gc3dp

As part of its mission, Russell Library strives to provide resources and services that support and advance education and scholarship.  3D printing is a new technology that promotes creativity and innovation. This revolutionary equipment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to further their learning experience.

Who Can Use 3D Printing?

3D printing technology is available to students, faculty and staff to make three- dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

3D Printing Procedures/Policy

In order to best serve the community, Russell Library adheres to the following procedures:

  • The Library’s 3D printers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, priority will be given to students printing objects that influence their grade in a current course (proof may be required.)
  • Due to limited staff and hardware resources, the library does not guarantee specific delivery times. It is recommended to budget at least 48 hours from time of submission to pickup.
  • Charges for 3D printing cover only the cost of the materials used to print the product (filament and base, no charges for overhead, labor or machine cost).
  • Users will be responsible for covering materials costs whether or not the print completes properly.
  • The Library 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the printers to create material that is:
    • Prohibited by local, state or federal law;
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.);
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library or university environment;
    • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection; and
    • Models that may result in legal action against the university, its employees, and/or its students and reserves the right to refuse any 3D print requests;
  • Accordingly, Library staff may ask you to provide proof that the work to be printed is:
    • Your creation;
    • Public domain;
    • Part of your research or coursework at GC. In some cases it may be necessary to provide either written confirmation from an instructor that an object is for a class/project; and
    • Does not conflict with any Georgia College policies or the restrictions stated above.
  • Only designated Library staff/student assistants will have hands-on access to the 3D printers.
  • Printed items must be picked up by the individual who printed them using a picture ID.  Items will be available for pick-up from the Circulation Desk.
  • Items printed from the Library 3D printers not picked up within 7 days after being printed become the property of the Library.

3D Printing Costs and Payment

Estimates of the printing cost will be provided prior to acceptance of an order. The cost is based on the material volume consumption of the finished product measured in grams as calculated by the machine.

Charges are based upon the retail cost of the materials and is subject to change.  The current charge for use of the 3D printers is $0.10/gram.