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Media Services: 3D Printing

St. Ambrose University Library loans equipment for projects, provides instruction for specialized technical processes such as video editing, and offers services such as spiral binding and large format printing.

3D Printing

3D Printing In The IDEAlab!


The IDEAlab offers 3D printing for SAU students, faculty, and staff! 3D print jobs can be submitted through the request form here. If you have questions, please contact Media Services (x6242) for more information!

3D Printing Steps

1. Find or make a 3D design file

  • You can find user submitted designs for free on several different websites, including:
  • You can also create your own 3D design file online using TinkerCAD
  • There are more advanced 3D creation tools available, if needed, sometimes at cost

2. Submit your file to the request form

3. Wait and collect

  • 3D print productions are usually complete and ready for pickup within 1 week of request submission
  • You will get an email when your 3D print is ready for pickup at the circulation desk on the first floor of the Library

3D Printing FAQ

Can I print my own job? Why not?

While our Lulzbot TAZ 6 does a great job printing, it is a little tricky to operate! To protect you and our 3D printer, only Library staff are allowed to run a 3D print job. Please use the request form to submit your file and we will do the printing!


Can I submit my own project settings?

Absolutely! If you are comfortable/familiar with 3D printing, you can definitely submit your own project settings. Please contact Media Services (x6242, for more information about how to submit your own project settings.


What happens if my print fails?

Generally, we will attempt a print twice. If the print fails on the second try there may be something wrong with the file and we will contact you to troubleshoot.


Can I bring in my own material for 3D printing?

Possibly! Our 3D printer uses 2.85 mm filament, but not all filaments are a good match for our print head. If you would like to bring in your own filament, please contact Media Services to get approval. 3D printing, like other Media Services productions, are priced at cost, so there is no charge for using the 3D printer with your own filament. However, the printer will still need to be operated by Library staff.