3D Printing

ACC Library 3D Printer Policies and Procedures

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Who may use the 3D printer?
ACC students, staff, faculty, and approved partners over the age of 18 may submit 3D printer projects for personal and scholarly use.  Jobs will be printed in the order they are received.

Intellectual Property Laws
ACC respects intellectual property laws. The 3D printer may not be used to print objects that are subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.

The 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. ACC students, staff, faculty, and approved partners will not be permitted to use the 3D printer to create an object that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • In violation of Arapahoe Community College regulations or the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the educational environment.

Right of Refusal
The ACC Library reserves the right to refuse any print job. Objects which are deemed obscene or harmful, such as guns or gun parts, will be refused. Manufacturing (printing mass quantities of an object) is not permitted.

Print Materials
The 3D printer may be used to print 3D objects in polylactic acid (PLA). Only filament supplied by ACC may be used.

The ACC Library recognizes the limitations of 3D printing technology and does not guarantee that the objects printed will be fit for any particular purpose.  The ACC Library requires that staff members operate the 3D printer.  If a misprint occurs due to an invalid 3D model, the ACC Library is not held responsible.

Time Limits & Expectations
Print jobs that take more than 4 hours (as estimated by Cura software) will not be accepted.  Each individual may print 2 items per month.  We will attempt to provide an estimated timeframe for printing when a file is submitted.


Using the 3D Printer
To print an object on the 3D printer, submit your file via the form (under 25 MB) or bring the file on a USB drive to the library circulation desk.  The USB drive will be returned with your printed object.  Files must be stereolithography (STL) files. The ACC Library staff will remove the object from the print bed.

Objects will be printed in the color of filament that is loaded unless another color is requested.  At this time we only have gray but more colors will be available soon.

The cost of 3D printing is free at this time. 

Pickup of Printed Objects
Objects will be kept for 14 days for pick up at the circulation desk. Objects that are not picked up after 14 days will be donated to Student Access Services.  A photo ID is required to pick up your printed item.

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