3D Printing

The Library's 3D Printing Service supports individual and small-group exploration of this evolving technology. We offer assistance with design prototyping (using our Ultimaker-branded 3D printers) as well as research and consultancy services. The Library is currently providing 3D printing at no charge to affiliates of NYU.

Please submit questions related to 3D printing and requests to have something printed using this form. The 3D Printing Service Team will contact you to discuss any issues or concerns about your proposed print within 1 business day, as well as discuss your timeframe and color options. We will also give you a projected time frame completion.

Common Questions

What is the turnaround time for a print request?
This depends on a number of factors, but based on our experience we complete most requests within one week.

What type of printer do you have?
  • The Health Sciences Library was awarded a generous grant from METRO to purchase an Ultimaker 2 3D printer.
  • More recently we acquired an Ultimaker 3 Extended printer. This more advanced printer allows printing using two different materials. This results in printing with two colors or printing a model with dissolvable supports. The end result is we can print more complex designs than previously possible.

What type of results should I expect?
Even with the best print results there will be small imperfections on the finished product due to the nature of 3D printing. We're happy to have you examine some of our successful print jobs so you know what to expect.

How can I learn more?
The Library provides an Introduction to 3D Printing workshop that gives a broad overview of the history of 3D printing, describes the Library’s service, and does a demo. Check the Library’s class schedule to see if this workshop will be offered soon. We hope to expand our offerings in the future. Alternatively, we’re always happy to meet with you to answer your questions.

Learn about 3D Design

You can use this flowchart from Micro Factory to get an appropriate software recommendation based on the sort of design you wish to print.

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Recommended Software Based on Design Type

Computer Aided Design (CAD): Precise measurements for designing parts. Typically used by engineers.
Organic Shapes: Organs, etc.
Programs to Improve Your Design
Learn More About 3D Design:
Use or Modify a Design Created by Someone Else

Copyright

3D designs, including designs you create, are subject to intellectual property rights including copyright. You are required to investigate and follow the licenses accompanying 3D designs that you ask the NYU Health Sciences Library to print on your behalf. We reserve the right to request information related to the licensing of a design, and refuse any print job where we believe we would infringe on someone's intellectual property.