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AML Makerspace

We have variety of maker kits that can be borrowed with access to additional resources.

MOD-t 3D Printer

Meet our brand new MOD-t 3D printer.

Filament colors available at VCSU Library.


What is 3D Printing?

  • 3D printing: the process of making a physical object from a digital model.
  • 3D Printer: A 3D printer uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer.

3D Printing: How to print out your design

  1. You can create your own design these 3D design programs: TinkerCad, Sketchup, openSCAD and blockCAD which are compatible with MOD-t 3D printer. Digital designs also are available from various file-sharing databases such as, 3D Warehouse, Instructables ...
  2. MOD-t 3D printer is compatible with .STL* and .OBJ file format. Be sure to save your files in both or either format.
  3. Dimension: maximum size is 150 x 100 x 125 mm (6 x 4 x 5 in). Layers resolutions are 0.1, .02, 0.3 and 0.4 mm.
  4. Tip: The MOD-t 3D printer provides minimal options for printing supports. Please ensure that your design is free of significant overhangs, or that it has been designed with adequate built-in support. For an explanation of overhangs and supports, see this blog post.
  5. Tip: The MOD-t 3D printer cannot print sets of moving parts (hinges, gears, etc.) in a single job - they will be fused together. If you need an object like this, please submit the files in such a way that the pieces can be printed separately.
  6. Fill out the 3D Printing Request form below and submit your file using one of the two options provided. Library staff will add the file to the printing queue.
  7. Your design will be readied and reviewed for printing in MOD- t 3D or other authorized software. If there are any issues with the file, the library staff will let you know within 2 days. 
  8. Turnaround: It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times. Library staff may make an educated guess about the length of a 3D printing job up on request.

Note: this procedure may change in the future.

*STL - stereolithography

3D Printing Request Form

3D Printing Policy

1. The library's 3D printer may only be used for lawful purposes. No one is permitted to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
  • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, you cannot reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.

2. The library’s 3D printer is not to be used for personal financial gain.

3. The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print/scan request.

4. The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, nor confidentiality of designs.

5. Items must be picked up by the individual who submitted them, using valid VCSU Library ID. Items not picked up within 14 days after being printed become the property of the VCSU Library.

6. Only designated library employees will have hands-on access to the 3D printer. VCSU students, faculty and staff wishing to gain experience using 3D printers should contact the library via email at or complete the 3D Printing Request form.

7. The 3D printing queue is prioritized based on factors such as academic priority, class due dates, reprints, and other issues as they arise. We reserve the right to alter queue order based on these factors.

8. Cost: 3D printing at the Library is currently free. It is anticipated that a fee will be charged in the future to cover the printing costs.

Notice concerning copyright and other intellectual property restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order/scanning services if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright or other intellectual property laws.

I acknowledge, represent, and warrant as follows:

  • I have read, understand, and will comply with the notice posted above. 
  • I grant permission to Valley City State University and its agents to reproduce the photocopy or other reproduction and return them to me, and I have the legal right and authority to grant this permission. 
  • I will use the photocopy or other reproduction only for private study, scholarship, or research.  
  • I will not use them for any commercial purpose or allow any third party to do so.

Policy adapted from University of Arizona Libraries.