• There are 2 3D printers in the ThinkLab, and, at any given time, there may be several students trying to print objects. We try to accommodate all users, but we cannot guarantee that all prints can be completed, especially when deadlines are tight.
  • Only designated library staff and student assistants have hands-on access to the 3D printers.
  • Lab hours will be posted on the door, on the library web site (http://libraries.umw.edu/hours-and-directions/), and on the ThinkLab site (http://umwthinklab.com/). Lab hours change from semester to semester, based on the availability of staff and student assistants.
  • We encourage students to schedule a session on 3D design with a DKC tutor before undertaking their first print. Tutorial sessions can be scheduled here:  http://dkc.umw.edu/.
  • Students should bring a file containing their 3D design to the ThinkLab during open lab times. The staff member on duty will evaluate the file and make any necessary modifications.  The library staff member will complete the Print Request form and put the print in the print queue.  Class projects will receive priority over personal projects.
  • All files must be in .g3drem
  • Completed print jobs can be claimed at the Simpson Library Circulation Desk.
  • The default print color is white. White filament can be painted with acrylic paints, which are available in the ThinkLab.  Printing in a color other than white depends upon the availability of filament, the size of the print job, and the current demand for printers.
  • Special permission is required for any print job that will take longer than 3 hours to complete. We will not leave a print job running overnight or when a class is meeting in the ThinkLab.
  • Professors who want their students to work with 3D printing should contact Rosemary Arneson, rarneso3@umw.edu, before making an assignment.
  • The 3D printers can be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use digital fabrication equipment to create material that is:
    • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    • 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.)
    • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights.  For example, using equipment to replicate someone else’s designs or articles of manufacture may infringe the copyright or patent in those materials.
  • Print quality or functionality is not guaranteed.
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