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3D PRINTING POLICY

Who can print?

The 3D Printer is available for use by all MU students, faculty, and staff. Printing is done on a first-come first-served basis.

Terms of Use and Copyright:

  • The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request. By submitting a model, it is understood that you have ensured that it is not subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection – the Library accepts no responsibility for this.
  • Those wishing to use the library’s 3D Printer must do so for lawful and 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.
  • No one will be permitted to use the library’s 3D Printer to create material that is in violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  • Maynooth University library staff reserve the right to decline any print request for any reason.
  • Printing is done on a first-come first-served basis, subject to approval.
  • You will be notified when your item is available for collection at the Library Information desk. If item is not collected within 14 days (after notification), it becomes property of the Library.

3D PRINTING PROCEDURES

Due to some hardware issues at the moment, we may not be able to print certain models and may experience more delays processing requests. Please continue to submit your files and we will let you know whether it can be printed.

 

Procedures:

Please use the provided webform to submit your model.

Submissions:

You may only submit ONE print request at a time. Additional requests should not be submitted until the previous request is finished (and they won't be approved for printing). For multi-part models that will be assembled to create a single design when finished, you will need to print each part individually.

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. An exception to this would be a small print job that would fit in the print time-frame available, printed ahead of another one in the queue before the printer stops for the day. Please note that due to the number of requests that we receive each day we are not able to print more than one project per patron at a time. Multiple orders from a patron will be rejected. 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 library 3D Printer may have small surface defects such as bumps or holes. NOTE: while the library 3D Printer is accurate, we can not guarantee any precise tolerances on fitting of 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. These materials can be easily removed, but you are responsible for removing them. Our staff will not remove the support material for you. Please be careful when removing support material, as the tools can be quite sharp.