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3D Printing Policies

The 3D printer is available for use by current Florida State University students, faculty, and staff. While printing is typically performed on a first-come, first serve basis, priority is given to objects that are for academic purposes.

It is the patron's responsibility to provide a model to be printed in .stl file format to the library. This may be done either by online form or FSU Dropbox. The model must be submitted as a .stl file. Processing the request can take 1-2 weeks from the date of submission. Only designated library staff may have hands-on access to the 3D printer.

The library's 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. Those wanting to print will not be permitted to use the library's 3D printers to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law as well as FSU and University Libraries' policies.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate terms of use of the manufacturer.)
  • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.

Large prints that are categorized as research assignments may need faculty backing before staff approval.
All prints All prints are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be denied for any reason.

Latest Revision: 
November, 2017

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