3D Printing in the Library
3D Printing is available in the Library for UC staff and students. The cost of the printing is $5.50 per hour (GST inclusive) during the pilot period.
3D Printers in the Library
Machine: 3DGence ONE
Maximum build size: 235x255x195 mm
Accepted job files: .stl (Not all .stl files are printable. You are responsible for ensuring the file is print-ready.)
Maximum file size: 8MB
Print quality: medium or fast
Colours: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Silver, Translucent Blue, Translucent Pink, and Translucent Yellow
Print material: PLA (Polylactic Acid) - Note that PLA is NOT food grade material.
3D Printing Procedure
1. Have your 3D model ready. Free, ready-to-print designs can be downloaded from sites such as Thingiverse.com or you can create your own design using 3D modelling software, such as AutoCAD, 3ds Max.
2. Save your 3D model as an .stl file.
3. Submit a 3D printing request.
4. Library staff will calculate the total cost and will respond to you by email with this information. Your job will be printed upon receipt of payment.
5. The Library staff will notify you by email when your model is ready to be collected from the Library.
Terms and Conditions
1. Print jobs will only be run after payment has been received.
2. Print jobs will only be re-run if there is a machine fault.
3. Library staff are unable to guarantee that a print job will be successful and are unable to assist in the design of models.
4. Library staff reserve the right to refuse any submission, including those that are:
- prohibited by Australian law
- in violation of another's intellectual property rights
- unsafe, harmful and dangerous
5. Print jobs can be picked up from the Library during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
6. Use of this service must comply with obligations under the Student Charter, Charter of Conduct and Values, Copyright at UC, and the Library Rules. For information on copyright and 3D Printing, see the Copyright Act, 1968 and the 3D Printing & Copyright information from the Australian Copyright Council.
Quality of prints
You will receive your print as is from the printer, and you may be required to do some clean up. This usually includes removal of rafts and supports.
You may see slight imperfections in the prints. Small bumps, holes, or rough edges on the object may occur with 3D printing. There may be some instances where objects with multiple pieces or moving parts do not precisely fit together. Slight shrinkage may occur.
Examples of 3D printed models