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ISU Libraries 3D Printing: Printing Your Design

Policies and procedures for using the 3D printer. Includes directions on obtaining and designing files for print and procedures for preparing and sending the print request.


The cost of 3D print models is based on weight.  University Libraries will charge $.05 per gram for models weighing more than 20 grams.  For models weighing from .01 to 20 grams, the cost will be $1.00.  Prints that weigh over 100 grams ($5.00) will require patron approval before the print will be started.  The maximum print size is 29.5 L x 19.3 W x 16.0 H cm [11.6 L x 7.6 W x 6.3 H in.]

First, you will need a 3D drawing to print out.  You can create your own or find free designs available online. Make sure your design is in .stl format. Make sure it is within the dimension limits of 29.5 L x 19.3 W x 16.0 H cm [11.6 L x 7.6 W x 6.3 H in.]  To ensure that your finished print will be what you expected, make sure to run your file through a print preparation program before submitting it.

Second, fill out the 3D print request form and submit it to University Libraries.  Include any special instructions. Please make sure to include your correct email address so that we can contact you with any questions. We will contact you when your print is ready to be picked up.

Third, after the object is finished printing, you will want to give it some finishing touches.  You might remove support material, use sandpaper to smooth it out, or add some paint to give it the final appearance you want.

Makerbot Replicator+

We now have two Makerbot Replicator+ printers.

Maximum build size: 29.5 L x 19.3 W x 16.0 H cm [11.6 L x 7.6 W x 6.3 H in.]

Build Materials: PLA filament

Colors: see below for availability

Makerbot Replicator + -

Makerbot replicator + - 3D printer. (n.d.) Makerbot replicator + - 3D printer. Retrieved from

PLA Filament Color Options

We have the following basic color filaments available to choose from:

  • True Red
  • True Orange
  • True Yellow
  • True Green
  • True Blue
  • True Purple
  • True White
  • Warm Gray
  • Cool Gray
  • True Black


Makerbot filament color spools






Makerbot. (n.d.). Filament. Retrieved from

We also offer the following specialty colors:

  • Army Green     army green octopus
  • Natural     natural octopus
  • True Brown     brown octopus  
  • Ocean Blue     navy blue octopus
  • Pink      pink octopus


Library Systems

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Mail Stop 8089


Brigham Young University Science & Map Department. (2017). 3D printing guide. Retrieved from

Makerbot. (n.d.). Filament. Retrieved from

Makerbot replicator + - 3D printer. (n.d.) Makerbot replicator + - 3D printer. Retrieved from

Makerbot replicator mini. (n.d.) Makerbot replicator mini. Retrieved from



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