3D Printing

The Library's 3D printing service supports individual and small-group exploration of this evolving technology as opposed to larger-scale patient care and research endeavors. The library is currently providing 3D printing service at no charge to affiliates of NYU.

Please submit questions related to 3D printing and requests using this form. We will contact you to discuss any issues or concerns about your proposed print within 1-2 business days, as well as discuss your timeframe, color options, etc. We will also give you a projected time frame for when the print would be available.

Common Questions

What is the turnaround time for a print request?
This depends on a number of factors. Currently, we have one printer, so we can only do one job at a time. We also have a small group of staff with expertise in reviewing jobs and dealing with file or printer issues, and 3D printing is slow.

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.

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.

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.
Learn More About 3D Design:
Use or Modify a Design Created by Someone Else


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.