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3D Printing: Policies & Procedures

3D printing at the Archer Library

Overview

The Printer
The Dr. John Archer Library currently has one Ultimaker S3, located within the staff offices.  The Library 3D printer uses PLA plastic (corn-based material) to create 3D objects via an additive process.

Who Can Print?
Printing is available to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Regina. Printing is not open to the general public at this time.

Pricing and Fees
Printing costs are based on the final weight of the item being printed. Before the printing begins the Ultimaker software will determine the final weight of the object. This cost can be confirmed with the patron before printing begins, by request. Printing costs are: $2.50 flat-rate print of up to 20 grams of filament used, and 10 cents per additional gram after the flat-rate amount (for example, a print of 17 grams will be $2.50.  A print of 25 grams will be $3) . The charges will be entered in the patron PaperCut account.

UofR Library 3D Printing Policy

  • There must be no printing of weapons, obscene materials, and other materials that violate the security, health, and safety of others.
  • There must be no infringement of any person’s intellectual property rights, such as copyright, when using the printer to create a work. Patrons are responsible for ensuring that they are not violating copyright law. Please refer to the University of Regina’s Copyright Policy.
  • Users are responsible for their own designs, and printing charges will apply regardless of the desired outcome of the print.
  • If the printing jams or stops printing a reprint of the object will take place without additional charge to the patron.

Safety (Please note the printer is not available for patron viewing at this time)

  • The extrusion print heads are hot during operation (210-220 °C) and while cooling down after operation. The printer should not be viewed unless accompanied by a trained staff member per prior arrangement.  Do not touch any part of the printer while in operation. Never touch the extrusion print heads and always assume the print heads are hot, as are other parts of the machine (such as the glass print plate).
  • There are multiple moving parts. Always assume the instrument is under operation. Do not attempt to install or remove components/objects from the instrument.
  • Tie back any long hair or baggy clothing if you are close to the printer.
  • Do not attempt to make any mechanical adjustments while the printer is in operation. Additionally, if the instrument locks up or gets “jammed” during the operation, do not attempt to manually move any parts of the instrument.
  • Please consult a trained staff member for any and all questions, assistance and information.

3D Printing for Classes and Assignments

If 3D printing is being used for classes and assignments please contact 3d.library@uregina.ca to arrange:

  • Staggered printing timelines
  • 3D Printer information as it pertains to specific classes
  • Design troubleshooting and process instruction options