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This guide will assist patrons who plan to use the 3D printing available in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC).

Library Policy on Use of 3D Printers

Individuals who use the library's 3D printers must comply with Purdue University and Libraries policies.

Specifically, the libraries' printers may not be used to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law

  • Prohibited by University Policy

  • 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 intellectual property rights.

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

Finished objects are subject to review for compliance.

3D Printing Updates

Please read the following information before submitting a 3D printing request:

Due to the growing demand and need to keep the 3D printing service sustainable, printing limits below will be imposed.

  • Only .STL files are able to be printed with our printers.

  • 3D prints will have a limit of 50 grams of material per print.

    • Here are some helpful tips to minimize the size of your prints.
  • Each person is limited to printing a total of 100 grams of material a month.

  • You may only submit ONE file at a time to be printed. If you want to print multiple files, you will need to submit those at a later date.

  • Due to high demands, 3D prints may take as long as a week.

  • If you need to print more than the allotted amount, you can buy your own spool of filament to use & submit your file in person at the Reference Desk (2nd floor of the WALC).

  • If your file does not meet our conditions, please check out the BoilerMAKER Lab on the first floor of Knoy Hall. Visit their site here:

How Can I Print?

You will need to submit your updated .stl file through our online submission form here

The Maker Space operators will look over the file to see if there are any obvious problems that need to be addressed. Please refer to our Helpful Hints section to make sure your design is printer-friendly before you submit your file.

  • Occasionally, print jobs will fail, so there may be delays in completion, but every effort will be made to meet the anticipated deadline.

You will receive an email when your job is completed, and you can pick it up from the Library of Engineering and Science Reference Desk (2nd floor of the WALC) at your convenience. You will need to present your Purdue ID to collect your print job. 

Helpful Hints Before You Print


  • Make sure your design fits on the print plate (11"x11"x9.8"), & is within the size limitations (50 grams per print).
  • To keep the amount of material down, you can scale down your object.
  • For more questions check out the Frequently Asked Questions tab.

What is 3D printing?

3D printers allow users to create a physical object from a digital model. This is typically done by laying down many thin layers of material.

3D printing is useful to anyone who requires low-volume custom prototypes. Think about making models for class projects, testing design ideas, creating visual aids, creating components to incorporate into larger-scale models. These ideas can be applied to many fields of study, from engineering to nursing to chemistry to geology. The possibilities are endless, limited only to the size of the printer and your imagination.


To get an even better idea of the possibilities with 3D printing you can also explore a series of 3D model collections in our 3D Model Gallery section on the Software page.

3D Printing Applications

Lulzbot TAZ 6


3D Printing Hours

Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Maker Space within DVELoP (Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue)

Library of Engineering & Science Reference Desk 765-494-0831

Available 3D Printing Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00am - 2:00am


8:00am - 11:00pm


11:00am - 11:00pm


11:00am - 2:00am

Have Questions?

Email us at with any questions you may have!