3D Printing at Penn State Scranton Library

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a method of creating 3-dimensional objects from a digital model by depositing successive layers of material. There are also methods of "subtractive" manufacturing that cut or shape larger raw materials into the desired shape. Designs can be created in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, through 3D scanning, or transforming 2D images into 3D. For more information, please see our library guide on 3D printing.


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.
  • Print jobs that take longer than 10 hours will not be accepted.
  • The library cannot guarantee that any job will be completed by the date needed. 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.

Prusa i3 MK3S+

  • Build Volume: 25x21x21 cm (9.84"x8.3")
  • Layer Height:  0.05 - 0.35 mm
  • Material: PLA Thermoplastic
  • File Type: .STL or .OBJ
  • Prusa website

Scranton 3D Printing information card with QR code for more information

Submit a Print!

To print a design you must be a student, faculty, or staff member of Penn State Scranton. Fill out our 3D Request  Form to request a print. You can find a lot of exciting files at Thingiverse, or you can create your own using Tinkercad or other software. We will try our best to accommodate your request in a timely manner. When a print is completed, you will receive an email notification. Prints may be retrieved from the library circulation desk.