3D Printing

Date of Last Review: March 18, 2022

As part of its mission, Evans Library strives to provide resources and services that support and advance education and scholarship.  3D printing promotes creativity and innovation and this equipment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to further their learning experience.

 

3D printing technology is available at the Evans Library to students, faculty and staff to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

In order to best serve the Florida Tech community, the Library adheres to the following regulations and policies:

  • The Library’s 3D printers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, priority will be given to students printing objects that influence their grade in a current course.
  • Due to limited staff and hardware resources, the library does not guarantee specific delivery times. It is recommended to budget at least 48 hours from time of submission to delivery.
  • The printers will be used for academic purposes. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Library 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the printers to create material that is:
    1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law;
    2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others (such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.);
    3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library or university environment;
    4. In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection; and
    5. Models that may result in legal action against the university, its employees, and/or its students and reserves the right to refuse any 3D print requests;
  • Accordingly, Library staff may ask you to provide proof that the work to be printed is:
    1. Your creation;
    2. Public domain;
    3. Part of your research or coursework at Florida Tech. In some cases it may be necessary to provide either written confirmation from an instructor that an object is for a class/project; and
    4. Does not conflict with any Florida Tech policies or the restrictions stated above.
  • Only designated Library staff/student assistants will have hands-on access to the 3D printers.
  • Printed items must be picked up by the individual who printed them using a picture ID. Items will be available for pick-up at the iDesk.
  • Items printed from the Library 3D printers not picked up within 7 days after being printed become the property of the Library.

 Cost

  • 3D printing is free for students. Large print jobs may be referred to other campus locations.  

Location, Hours and Print Job

  • Location: The Digital Scholarship Lab is on the 2nd floor of the Evans Library.
  • Hours of Operation: 3D printing is available in accordance with library hours.
  • Print Job: To have an object printed, complete the 3D Printing Form and email it with your file to library-3Dprint@fit.edu. Prints will be performed in the order they are received and may take a few days depending on order volume.

For specification questions, contact Martin Gallagher, DSL Support Manager via telephone 321-674-8638 or email gallagherm@fit.edu.

For general information or the status of a print job, contact the iDesk at 321.674.8086