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3D PRINTING POLICY

Who can print? 

Currently the 3D Printers are available for use by MU Library staff only. 

Terms of Use and Copyright: 

  • Maynooth University Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print requests. 

  • Before submitting a model ensure that it is not subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection – the library accepts no responsibility for this.  

  • Use of the library’s 3D printers must be lawful and for non-commercial purposes. 

  • Users must abide by all applicable laws, University policies, and library policies while respecting the health and safety of the University community. 

  • It is not permitted to use the library’s 3D printers to create material that is in violation of another’s intellectual property rights.  

  • It is not permitted to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection. 

  • Library staff reserve the right to decline any print request.  

  • You will be notified when your item is available for collection at the John Paul II Library Admissions Desk. If item is not collected within 14 days (after notification), it becomes property of the library. 

3D PRINTING PROCEDURES

Due to current hardware issues we may not be able to print certain requests and may experience delays processing orders. Please continue to submit your files and we will let you know if it can be printed. 

Procedures: 

Please use the provided webform to submit your model. 

Submissions: 

Please submit ONE print request at a time. Additional requests may be submitted after the previous request is fulfilled. For multi-part models that will be assembled when finished you may submit multiple files however, please note that the order completion time will be extended. 

File Approval: 

All submissions must be approved and will be printed based on scheduling and availability. Please be aware that it may not be technically possible to print some files. In these cases, we will contact you to review your design/file issues. 

Schedule Information: 

Files will be printed in the order that they are approved, not the order that they are submitted. Exception to this are small print job(s) that would fit in the print time-frame available. They will be printed ahead of another jobs in the queue before the printer stops for the day.  

We reserve the right to decline any print request for any reason

3D PRINTING SERVICE

Cost: 

  • Currently Free (Charges may be introduced in the future). 

Quality: 

Items printed on the Maynooth University Library 3D Printers may have small surface defects such as bumps or holes. Prints are made using PLA and we use a variety of colours.  NOTE: while the library 3D Printer is accurate, we cannot guarantee any precise tolerances on fitting multi-part objects. 

Support Material: 

Some objects require support material to be printed with them, while other designs may require a mesh support at the base of the model. The library is not responsible for removing them. Please be careful when removing support material, as the filament can be sharp.