The Harold B. Lee Library provides 3D printing technology as part of its mission to provide resources and services that support and advance the education and scholarship of BYU students and faculty. In order to best serve the BYU community, the Library adheres to the following regulations and policies.
People allowed to use the 3D Printer:
In general, 3D objects are printed on a first-come, first-served basis. However, priority will be given to students printing academic objects that influence their grade in a current course. Because of limited staff and hardware resources, the HBLL does not guarantee specific delivery times. It is recommended to budget at least 48 hours from time of submission to delivery. We can almost never guarantee same-day delivery.
The HBLL will not print models that may result in legal action against the University, its employees, and/or its students. To ensure the safety of the BYU community and compliance with the BYU Firearms & Weapons Policy, no object that may function as a weapon, or part of a weapon, will be printed. Facsimiles of weapons will not be printed.
The HBLL will not print models that infringe on intellectual property rights including items/objects that are:
Additionally, no object should in any way be:
Accordingly, library staff may ask you to provide proof that the work to be printed is:
In some cases it may be necessary to provide either written confirmation from an instructor that an object is for a class/project, a written approval by University Police, or both.
We also do not mass produce objects.
If you are unsure if your object meets our guidelines, feel free to come in to the Science and Engineering Help Desk and ask for clarification in person.
The HBLL charges for 3D-printing using a cost-recovery model based on the amount of material used. The final product will be weighed and the patron charged: $0.20 per gram of material used in the print, including support materials.
Failure to pick up a printed object within two weeks of printing will result in the cost being charged to your account as a library fine. Estimates of cost are available prior to placing an order based on the digital 3D model to be printed.