3D Printing

3D printing is currently unavailable. Western Michigan University is utilizing its 3D printing resources to assist the community with the PPE shortage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WMU 3D printers producing face shields for health care workers

Western Michigan University’s 3D printers aren’t sitting idle during the pandemic. Instead, staff and professors from multiple campus departments are using them to produce personal protective equipment —specifically face shields—for health care workers who desperately need them during the COVID-19 patient surge.

For more information regarding this initiative, please see here.

Request a 3D Print

The 3D printing service is a free service that allows students, faculty and staff to request prints of 3D objects. A great community for finding 3D objects can be found on Thingiverse. Once the print has been completed, you will be notified by email. Prints can be picked-up from the Help Desk during regular business hours.

3D Print requests currently unavailable

picture of the three 3D printers in Makerspace

3D Printing Information


All 3D print requests are currently free. We may explore charging printing tokens in the future.


  • Size: 200 x 200 x 200mm. Your print job must be completed in less than two print jobs.*
  • Design: When submitting your own design, ensure that the exported file is in millimeters
  • File Type: Please submit all 3D models as .stl files.
  • Color: Your model will be printed using a rotating random color. A list of colors is available upon request. Please note that requesting a specific color may increase wait time. 
  • Material: We currently only stock PLA filament. Your model must not exceed 250 grams of material.*
  • Time: In order to provide a timely service for all patrons, jobs that require more than 6 hours of print time will receive lower priority. Your model must not exceed 24 hours of print time.*
  • Multiple Orders: Patrons may only have one pending 3D print order at a time. New orders may not enter the queue until the previous order has been completed. If multiple orders are submitted, the first order will remain in the queue, however the remaining orders will be cancelled.*

*We may make exceptions on a case by case basis for academic or research projects. If your academic or research projects are hindered by the listed limitations, please include your special requirements in the 3D print request. 

3D Printing Rules

Note to Instructors: Due to fluctuating demand and delivery times, the 3D printing service may not be used as a requirement for your curriculum.

No one will be permitted to print objects that are:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  • Obscene, offensive or otherwise inappropriate.
  • In violation of intellectual property rights.
  • 3D printing is available to all current WMU students, staff, and faculty. Student requests will receive priority.
  • 3D prints not collected within two weeks become property of the Office of Information Technology. 

The Office of Information Technology reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Get involved

 Members of the Innovation Club have access to use the Waldo Library Makerspace, including direct access to 3D printers.