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3D Printing Guide: Printing Your Design

How to utilize the Lee Library's 3D printer. Includes direction on obtaining or designing files for print and the procedures for preparing and sending for print.


First, you will need to make sure that your design is in the correct format.  We can only accept .stl, .obj, and .thing files.  Most 3D design programs will export these file types.  Then, bring your file to us at the Science and Engineering Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.  You can bring your file on a flash drive, or you can email it to us at the desk (  You can only submit a maximum of ten files to the printing queue at a time. Be aware that we do not mass produce. If you just email a file and do not come by and talk to us, your file will not by put in the queue. It is important that you come to the desk so we can go over it with you and make sure that your file will print properly.

Be prepared to specify the dimensions for your design (Remember the maximum dimensions are 6.0 x 11.2 x 6.1 inches on the Makerbot ), and any other special instructions.

We will put you on our queue and give you an estimated completion time.  When it is finished, we will email you so you can come pick up your final project!  Again, the cost is $0.20.  We only accept BYU Signature cards for payment at our desk.  If you are not a BYU student or employee, fees can be paid at the Circulation Desk.

Other Sources for 3D Printing

Printing for non-academic purposes will be done on a case-by-case basis. 

Below are alternatives for printing in the library: