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3D Printing

3D Printing services temporarily unavailable as the CMS remains closed:

While the CSUN campus transitions back to more on-campus instruction, the CMS remains closed and our 3D printing services continue to be unavailable at this time. Check back here in Fall 2021 to see what 3D printing options are available.

3D Printed ItemsThe Creative Media Studio’s 3D printing program began in Fall 2016 and continues to grow and expand into one of the Library’s most popular and intriguing services. At no extra cost to CSUN students, 3D printing is the perfect outlet for students of any major wanting to prototype, build, create, learn something new, or simply have fun! 

With over 3,000 completed submissions since 2016, the CMS is ready to take on your 3D printing needs to help open a door to endless possibilities.

How Do I Print?

Step 1: Consultation with a CMS Student Assistant

Visit the CMS during open service desk hours and bring in a 3D model design (.STL format).  You may either bring in a model of your own on a Flash Drive or via email or provide a link to the 3D model you found on a website. A CMS Student Assistant will sit down with you and conduct a print consultation to help you choose the preferred settings for printing.

Step 2: Model Review

After formatting your print settings, the CMS Student Assistant will review your print job. If they find any errors with your model’s gcode or if there is a need for any modification as described in our 3D Printing Policies, you will be asked to revise your design or find a new model to print.

Step 3: Printing Confirmation

If there are no noticeable issues with your print, we will submit your job to the 3D print queue. The CMS Student Assistant will give you an estimated date for completion of the print*. When your job is next in the queue you will receive a printing confirmation email.

*Please note that actual completion time may vary significantly and is not guaranteed.

Step 4: Completion

We will send you an email when the print job is completed and ready for pick up. Stop by the CMS during open service desk hours to pick up your print and you are done!

3D PrintersImportant Policies:

  • Please read through our full 3D Printing Policies thoroughly before submitting a print job.
  • 3D models must be submitted as a .STL file.
  • Students are responsible for their own class project deadlines. 
    • While class projects are prioritized in the print queue, we recommend submitting at least two weeks before your deadline.
  • Please allow up to three weeks for job completion after review.
  • We will not modify the print queue.
  • Reprints, just like original prints, will be placed at the end of the queue.