ORU faculty and students may create three-dimensional plastic objects from a digital computer design. opens new window3D printer training is required prior to using the 3D printer.

Who can use the 3D printer?
ORU students, faculty and staff who have completed 3D printer training and signed the user agreement form are eligible to use the 3D printer. To use the 3D Printer, go to the Library Service Desk and check out the USB thumb drive, which is on Reserves.

Where is the printer located?
The 3D printer is in the Innovation Station (floor 1) for use during regular opens new window Library hours.

How much does it cost to print?
Users prepay for 3D printer filament. Cost is $0.10 per gram, calculated using the weight shown on the 3D printer. Payment of the 3D printer filament charge can be made at the Library Service Desk with Eagle Bucks, cash, or pay online with a credit card.

Printer Limits
The recommended 3D printing time limit is 6 hours and should not exceed 8 hours. Print size limit is 12 inches by 8 inches.

Can I get a refund?

The Library does not issue refunds for failed 3D prints as the user is purchasing the filament used in the printing process. At only $0.10 per gram, most prints are quite economical. Some projects do not print well. This is part of the learning and experimentation process of 3D printing. If you want to bring your own filament to use at no additional charge, please contact cprescott@oru.edu with the filament brand and type to confirm printer compatibility. 

Use Guidelines

Users will not be permitted to use the 3D printer to create an object that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
  • Covered by copyright, patent, trademark protection, or another's intellectual property rights.
  • Harmful, dangerous, or poses a threat to the well-being of others.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the University community.

In addition to the above, all other library and University policies apply when using the Library's 3D printer.

Training Requirements

Library opens new window3D printer training is required prior to use of the 3D printer. Upon completion of the training, attendees will complete the "3D Printer User Agreement Form" acknowledging acceptance and understanding of user terms and responsibilities. The document will remain on file in the library. Schedule an appointment or inquire at the Library Service desk to meet with a library staff member for training.
Note: Students and faculty who already have 3D printing experience may contact Carolyn Prescott

The Library reserves the right to cancel a 3D print job, if necessary.

3D Printer QuickFacts

  • MakerBot Replicator Plus3D Printer Model: MakerBot Replicator+
  • PLA (polyactic acid) plastic filament in a variety of colors, including neutral, white, gray, red, purple, yellow, blue, light gray, orange, and black. Inquire at the Library Service desk.
  • Cost is $0.10 per gram
  • Maximum print area is 12"W x 8"D
  • Library training and signed user agreement form required for use

Important Notes

Users are responsible for print quality selection (slow or fast).

Users are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of the printer or any part thereof due to any damage that occurs because of abuse or negligence.

Users are responsible to prepay for the filament used in the printing process. There are no refunds for failed prints, as the user is purchasing the filament that is used in the printing process, not the final product.

Users are responsible to turn off the 3D printer and "check in" the 3D Printer USB thumb drive at the Library Service Desk when printing is completed.