University Libraries is offering free 3D printing in the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) to all current BGSU students, faculty, and staff. 3D printing provides an opportunity for patrons to take an idea from their imagination, design it, and create a physical model. Novices and the curious are welcome!
Who can print?
The 3D printer is available for use by all BGSU students, faculty, and staff on a first-come first-served basis during our hours of operation. Patrons are encouraged to call (419-372-9277) or visit the STAC to schedule a printing time.
What can I print?
The 3D printers are intended to spark curiosity, experimentation and learning. The University Libraries reserve the right to decline a print request.
Where is the 3D printer?
The 3D printers are located in the STAC (122 Jerome Library). Visit our website for current hours (http://www.bgsu.edu/library/stac.html).
How do I design my object?
Designing a 3D object to print is done using 3D modeling software. You will need to export your 3D model into an .STL (STereoLithography) format in order to print it. The 3D printers have the capability to create objects up to 4 cubic inches.
How do I print my object?
Users must bring their design to the STAC during our hours of operation. The print object must be an .STL file on a standard USB flash drive. A STAC technician will be available to assist you with production and provide a printing time estimate.
What colors can I print in?
Your printed object will be printed in one solid color. How long will my object take to be printed? The time it takes to print an object can vary widely. If you have more than one object and there is high demand for the 3D printers, the STAC may choose to schedule only one printed object per person/per day.
How will I know when my printed object is done?
The STAC will contact you via e-mail when your object is completed.