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3D printing

A guide about where to find 3D printers and training at OSU.


The Valley Library desires to offer the OSU community access to emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire interest in design and help students bring their creations to life. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the OSU community may use the Library’s 3D printer.

Policy adapted from Sacramento Public Library 


The Valley Library’s 3D printer is available to OSU students, faculty and staff to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

I.  The Valley Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:

  a.   Prohibited by local, state or federal law.

  b.   Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the  manufacturer.)

  c.   Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.

  d.   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.

II.  The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

III.  Cost:  There will be a charge of 16 cents per gram of filament used in the printing process. 3D printing costs will be charged to ONID accounts.

IV.  Items printed from the library 3D printer not picked up within 30 days after being printed become the property of the OSU Libraries. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them, using an OSU ID.

V.   Only designated OSU Libraries staff and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.