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Himmelfarb Library 3D Printing: 3D Printing at Himmelfarb

What we offer

Himmelfarb Library offers 3D printing to faculty, staff and students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, MFA, and GW Hospital.

Submit a Print Job

What is 3D Printing?

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, 3D printing is "the manufacturing of solid objects by the deposition of layers of material (such as plastic) in accordance with specifications that are stored and displayed in electronic form as a digital model."

Equipment

  • Zortrax 200 3D printer
  • ABS filament
    • Android Green
    • Pure Black
    • Blue
    • Pure White
    • Orange
    • Red
    • Sky Blue
    • Yellow

Policies

  • Himmelfarb Library has the right to refuse to print any particular print job.
  • 3D printers may only be used for lawful purposes. We will not print any objects that are prohibited by law, a violation of the GW Computer Code of Conduct, protected by copyright/trademark /patent, obscene or inappropriate for the context, or harmful to others. We will not print guns.
  • The printing service is for prototypes only; we will not print multiples of any individual item.
  • The printer is in a public area and your print job will be visible to library patrons during printing and until pick up.
  • Only library staff have access to the 3D printer.
  • 3D print files will be removed from the 3D computer within seven days after completion of printing.
  • 3D print jobs are not guaranteed to be free from flaws, file errors, or other issues.
  • 3D print jobs for academic or curricular purposes will take precedence in the print queue. Other print jobs will be processed in order of receipt (first come, first served).
  • To allow for greater use, only one print job per person per week will be accepted.

FAQ

Who can submit a print job?

  • The Himmelfarb 3D printing service is available to all faculty, staff and students in SMHS, SON, GWSPH, GW Hospital and MFA.

What do I need to do to submit a job?

  • The 3D printer can only print STL (.stl) and OBJ (.obj) files. 
  • The finished printed item must be smaller than 8x8x8 inches.
  • 3D files can be submitted via the 3d Print Job Submission form.
  • Library staff will review the file to set printing parameters.

How long will it take?

  • The turnaround time is difficult to gauge. It is dependent on the number of jobs already in the print queue when you submit your job, as well the size of the object you are printing.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by all requested information on the submission form.
  • Print jobs are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Exact completion dates cannot be guaranteed. Submitters should allow at least 5-7 business weekdays for completion of printing. Complicated print jobs or peak request times may result in longer completion times.

How much does it cost?

  • Printing is free during the pilot period. After that time, the cost will be based on the amount of filament used. The final 3D printed object (including rafts and supports) will be weighed and the cost calculated. (The cost per ounce is still being determined and will be announced at the end of the pilot period.)
  • We can only accept credit cards for payment.

What filament is available?

  • We have ABS filament available in the following colors:
    • Yellow
    • Sky Blue
    • Red
    • Orange
    • Pure White
    • Blue
    • Pure Black
    • Android Green

Where can I pick up my printed object?

  • All completed print jobs will be available for pick up at the Circulation Desk.
  • Only the person who submitted the print job will be able to pick up the object.
  • Completed items must be picked up within seven days by the person who submitted the print job request. After seven days the object becomes the property of the library.

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