3D Printing in Your Library

Thanks to a grant funded by the LSCS Foundation, the LSC-North Harris Library acquired a 3D printer. During the spring 2014 semester, the Library piloted a new service to bring 3D printing technology to our students and faculty.

 

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates objects layer by layer.  It works in much the same way as a hot glue gun.  You are able to print basic prototypes or models of your 3D files.   You do not have to be an expert 3D designer to experiment with our printer.  Browse various online repositories for interesting objects. 

Policies

  • The LSC-North Harris Library reserves the right to decline any print request for any reason.
  • The printer may only be used to produce items for lawful and educational purposes. 
  • The printer will not be used to reproduce materials that are:
    • subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection,
    • in violation of intellectual property rights,
    • prohibited by Lone Star College, local, state, or federal government,
    • unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to others,
    • obscene or inappropriate for educational institutions,
    • extraneous (objects that will take several hours) to produce.

Procedures

  1. Convert your object file into an .stl file and save it to a flash drive. If you do not have a file, you can browse object in Thingiverse or any other 3D object file repository.
  2. Fill out a form to make an appointment with a 3D printer librarian.
  3. Meet with a 3D printer librarian to discuss your project.
    Librarian will preview the file in MakerWare, and evaluate the digital object.  If the fie is compliant with policies above, it will be exported and printed.  
  4. Student will fill out a post survey

Create a File -  Beginners

 

 

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