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Maker Lab

Information on equipment and guidelines for using the Maker Lab at North Campus library.

Who Can Print 3D Objects

3D printing is available to all SUNY Erie students, faculty, and staff. At this time, only authorized library staff will have physical access to the 3D printer.

We have a selection of filament which can be used at no charge for small projects and at our discretion.  There is a limit of 100 grams per semester for personal projects

Library staff reserves the right to:

  • Refuse any 3D print request.
  • Use discretion to organize the print queue for overall efficient output. Priority may be given for class assignments.
  • Photograph all 3D objects printed. Images may be used for monitoring, marketing, and reporting outcomes.
  • Gather feedback from users.
  • Implement additional requirements not listed here.

What Can't Be 3D Printed at the Maker Lab

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The 3D printer is to be used for lawful purposes only. Failure to comply with the policies listed below can result in the rejection of future 3D print requests. No one is permitted to use the 3D printer to create material that is:

  • Out of compliance with SUNY Erie's Acceptable Use Policy.
  • In violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Obscene, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate for the College environment.
  • A risk to or endangers others.
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights as covered by copyright, patent, and/or trademark protections.

Limitations

Limitations include:

  • Only .stl file formats will be accepted.
  • At this time, the library’s 3D printing is limited to the maximum size per piece: 25.2 H x 19.9 W x 15 H cm. 
  • Only PLA (polylactic acid) plastic is available for printing.
  • We have a selection of filament which can be used at no charge for small projects and at our discretion.  There is a limit of 100 grams per semester for personal projects.
  • This service is designed for rapid prototyping, not production. Large number print jobs of identical objects will not be accepted.
  • The Library is not responsible for failed models.
  • Since 3D printing is a relatively new technology, often, layers of 3D printed objects are visible or there are bumps and irregularities.
  • Many structures with overhangs must be built with support structures attached. Removing supports can affect the level of quality of a print.
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