3D Printing in Cameron

What is 3D printing?

3D printers use digital models to fabricate three-dimensional objects, successively printing or forming layers of material, one at a time, until an object is fully rendered.

Why is the Library offering this service?

As part of a pilot project, Cameron Library is providing 3D printing services with the Faculty of Science, in collaboration with the Physics Department's Science Hardware Space: The Shack

This is a unique opportunity for UAlberta students, faculty, and staff to access 3D printing technology for their research in a central space.

As the University of Alberta Libraries' vision is to inspire “exploration, connection, and discovery," we are pleased to be able to offer 3D printers in our space.

What equipment and materials do we use?

We currently have five Machina mk2 printers on the main floor of Cameron Library on the east-side of our Service Desk.

The printers use a plant-based and recyclable unique blend of PLA/PHA plastic filament from ColorFabb. PLA/PHA does not contain BPA or cause air quality degradation.

Who is eligible to 3D Print?

All University of Alberta students, faculty, and staff who want to print a 3D object for a classroom assignment or research project are eligible to use the 3D printers in Cameron Library.

What size of object is eligible to print?

Currently, we will only print objects that can print in 4 hours or less, so items that are roughly the size of a golf ball or that sit in the palm of your hand are eligible.

Most 3D modelling software provides an object's estimated print time. For example, you can do this if you employ Slic3r on a 3D model in Repetier-Host.

How much does it cost?

As this is a pilot project, this service is completely free for students, faculty, and staff!

How do I print a 3D object?

#1 - Get your 3D model ready

#2 - Save the model as .stl file (maximum size 10 MB)

#3 - Submit your 3D print request

3D Printing Policies

  1. The library's 3D printers may only be used for lawful academic purposes. No one is permitted to create material that is:
    • For commercial purposes
    • Prohibited by local, provincial, or federal law.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
    • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, you cannot reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
  2. The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  3. The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, nor confidentiality of designs. Responsibility for removing rafts and supports is up to the user.
  4. Items must be picked up by the individual who submitted them or their designee, using valid ID. Items not picked up within 30 days after being printed become the property of the UA Libraries.
  5. The 3D printing queue is prioritized based on factors such as academic priority, class due dates, reprints, and other issues as they arise. We reserve the right to alter queue order based on these factors.

Where can I get help?

If you have any questions or concerns, please email: Cameron3D@ualberta.ca