3D Printing Guidelines


The  Libraries' 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the 3D printers 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. This includes weapons or life-like replicas, parts of weapons, ammunition, and defensive as well as offensive weapons. If you aren’t sure what constitutes a weapon, please consult a staff member.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection. 
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.


  • Items printed from the library 3D printer not picked up within 30 days after being printed become the property of the Library.  Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them, using a Penn State ID.
  • Students must be accompanied by a faculty or staff member during 3D printer operation.
  • Print jobs that take longer than 10 hours will not be accepted.
  • Cost -- There will be no fee for using up to 49 grams of filament in the printing process.  For items using 50 grams or greater there will be a charge of 10 cents per gram of filament used in the printing process.  There will be no fee for printing items for class assignments.  Payment for 3D printing costs will be cash only.
  • The library cannot guarantee that any job will be completed by the date needed listed on the submission form.  In addition, not all digital models can be effectively printed with our equipment.  If you have questions or concerns, please speak with a staff member prior to undertaking your project.