3D Print Lab
Register to attend
The first thing you’ll have to do is book your place in a Lab session. These are currently offered every Wednesday from 2–3pm in Reid Library. No experience is necessary as Library staff will be on hand to support you in the Lab, but if you have experience in 3D printing or modelling then your self-directed learning is also welcome (and we might learn from you!).
Attend a lab session
Next up you should attend your Lab session. Labs are informal collaborative learning gatherings of small groups of users, supported by the library’s 3D print gurus (aka Library staff members). Create a new design, tweak an existing design (like one of those great objects on Thingiverse), get advice from staff and set up your print job.
Running your job
Now for the final step, running your print job. Be warned, however, this is not a swift process. When your design is ready, we’ll help you send it to print via USB and you can watch the first few layers go down. You can then leave the job to run while you get on with your day, and we’ll let you know when it’s complete so you can come to collect it. As a guideline to printing times, a 15cm-tall model of the Eiffel Tower takes about two hours to print fully. We have two printers but it’s sometimes necessary for staff to set up printing on your behalf outside of lab time. We appreciate your understanding on these occasions.
3D printers and software
Conditions of use
- All users must be either current UWA students or staff.
- Library staff will support you to use the printers to the best of their ability; however, each user is responsible for their own learning in the 3D Print Lab.
- All print jobs must be within reasonable material limits. Library staff will review each print job and you may be asked to adjust your configuration (size, density, etc).
- One print job per user, per lab.
- New users will have priority over repeat users.
- Reprints will not be offered if a print does not turn out exactly as expected or is partially damaged in removal from the build tray.
- Reprints will be offered if there is a significant machine fault.
- If there is a queue it may take a few days before a print job can be run.
- Post-processing is the responsibility of the user.
- The 3D printers may be used for lawful purposes only. Clients will not be permitted to use the printer to create objects that are:
- prohibited by Australian law
- in violation of another’s intellectual property rights; for example, material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection
- unsafe, harmful, dangerous or that may pose an immediate threat to the wellbeing of others
- The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
- Users of the 3D Print Lab must abide by all applicable Australian laws including the Copyright Act, 1968 and University policies including the Computer and Software Use Regulations and Library Rules.
- Users of the 3D Print Lab should be aware that the Library may contact you in the future regarding your use of the Lab, in order to evaluate this service.
- The service is currently offered as a free trial, but the Library may withdraw this service at any time.
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