3D Printing Policy, Price and Procedure
University 3D printers are available to university faculty, staff and students to make three-dimensional objects in plastic and/or cured resin form using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.
3D print technicians at IU South Bend are not expected to create any objects or fix any already constructed objects for any faculty, staff or students. If an object is to be 3D printed, the user who wants the object printed will be expected to bring an already constructed object to the Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons as a .STL or .OBJ file.
University 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes, so it is not permitted to use these 3D printers to create material which is:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or considered by the 3D print technicians to pose a threat to the well-being of others.
- Considered by the 3D print technicians to be obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the University environment.
- In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to known copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
The University reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
Items printed on University 3D printers that are not picked up within 14 days will become the property of the University. Items must be picked up by the requesting individual, who may be asked to provide picture ID. 3D printed items which are not picked up and paid for within the 14-day time period will be automatically charged to the requester's IUSB Bursar Account.
Only designated faculty, staff and/or University employees will have hands-on access to the 3D printers.
3D Printing at Indiana University South Bend costs 20 cents per gram of plastic and 25 cents per milliliter of resin used to print the object (including support structure if applicable). Payment for prints will be accepted in the form of cash or check only. Please make checks payable to Indiana University - Attn: Kim Parker.
In order to start the process, the user needs to fill out a request form and submit it to one of the designated 3D print technicians, or the front desk employee at the Dorothy J. Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons. Once the request for is accepted, the user will be contacted and will need to fill out a charge form with the help of a 3D print technician. This will include the object details along with your consent to print the object and agreement to accept the calculated charges. If the user accepts the charges without consultation, final charges may vary from expected charges. The request and charge forms may be filled out and submitted digitally or as a hard copy which can be found at the bottom of this page or at the front desk of the Dorothy J. Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons.
Failed Prints - Disclaimer
Any 3D printed object that is considered a failed print may be printed again, with or without any additional charges, at the discretion of the 3D print technician. No further charges will be applied if it is decided that the print failed due to a mechanical error in the 3D printer, incorrect settings used for the print set by the technician, or any other reason that the print failed that the 3D print technician believes is not at the fault of the consumer. Additional charges may be applied if the object is to be printed again due to a failed print that is believed to be the fault of the consumer or the way the object has been built in 3-dimensional space. If a print failed and is not to be printed again, previously accepted dues may be dropped based on the discretion of both the 3D print technician and the Dorothy J. Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons.
Note: Students taking a 3D print class at Indiana University of South Bend DO NOT need to fill out a request form if they are printing for a class project. A charge form will still need to be filled out with the help of a 3D print technician and submitted either digitally or as a hard copy.