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Creation Station - 3D Printing: Policies

How can I print something?

The basics:

To print a 3D object you need to send us the .STL file via email.

Printing costs $0.25 per gram of material

For more info: See the Policies tab to learn how to print a 3D object at the Creation Station.

If you have any questions not covered please email us at:

Policies FAQs

Who can submit something to print on the 3D printer?

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members can submit items to be printed on the 3D printer. Priority will be given to students who are using the 3D printer for a class assignment.


How do I create a 3D object to be printed?

There are multiple ways you can create a 3D object. You can design an object in CAD software, you can scan an object with the 3D scanner, or you can download an already created file from Thingiverse. Please see the tabs on this guide for further information on all three ways to create an object. Then you send us the file to be printed. Students must use our filament.

*Faculty who would like to create a class project around the 3D printer- please contact us at


What kind of file do I need?

The 3D printer requires a .STL file type.


How do I send you the file?

Email your .STL file or the URL to the object to with your choice for the color of the object (black, red, white, translucent, purple, orange, green, yellow, gray, or blue). Only one color can be printed per object. 


What happens next?

Your file will go into our printing queue, we will email you the price of the object and an estimated wait time.

We will contact you via email when your print is ready to be picked up. Items not picked up within 14 days after being printed become the property of the Library.


How much does it cost?

Printing is $0.25 per gram of material.

Cash is accepted and must be paid in full before taking your object from the library.

The fee is waived for students printing an item for a class project or assignment.


Where do I pick up my object when it is completed?

Objects can be picked up and paid for at the Library's Information Desk.


Are there any restrictions on what can be printed?

There are restrictions on what can be printed with the 3D printer. Items that cannot be printed include but are not limited to:  items prohibited by local, state, or federal law, unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others, obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment, or any object in violation of intellectual property rights. 

The Creation Station team reserves the right to refuse to print any object.

Policy adapted from Sacramento Public Library.


Can I be present during my print?

Do to the small space and location of the 3D printer, it is not possible at this time to be present while your object is being printed. However, there are windows from the Learning Commons and in the door that allow anyone to view prints in progress.


Can I operate the 3D printer?

At this time only the Creation Station staff can operate the 3D printer.


How can I use the 3D scanners?

To scan an object with the iSense hand held scanner, you must scan the object here in the library. Instructions on how to use the scanner and iPad will be provided. After you have scanned your item, upload your scan as a .STL file to our Cubify account. We will email you with the cost of the item and the estimated completion date. Finally, we will email you when you can come pick up your object at the Library's Information Desk. Users must comply with the Caldwell University Computer Use Policy.