3D Printing

This service allows Western Michigan University students, faculty and staff to request prints of 3D objects. Student requests receive priority.

Hours and location

  • Hours 3D prints can be picked up Sun, 5-10pm; Mon-Thu, 9am-10pm; and Fri, 9am-5pm at the VR Lab desk.

  • Location Our 3D printers are located on the lower level of Waldo Library in Room 0135, adjacent to the VR Lab.


  • Dimensions

    Maximum size is 200 x 200 x 200mm. Models must be completed in two print jobs or less.

  • File type

    Submit all 3D models as .stl files. Make sure that the exported file is in millimeters.

  • Color

    Models are printed using a rotating random color. Requesting a specific color may increase wait time. A list of colors is available upon request.

  • Material

    We currently only stock PLA filament. Models must not exceed 250 grams of material.

  • Time

    Max print time of six hours is requested. Jobs that require more than six hours of print time will receive lower priority. Must not exceed 24 hours of print time.

  • Cost

    All 3D printing is free at this time.


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

Finding 3D Objects

  • Looking for 3D designs? A great community for finding 3D objects can be found on Thingiverse. You can browse from over 1.6 million printable designs or share your own.

Orders and Rules


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 canceled.

Once the print has been completed, you will be notified by email. Prints can be picked up from the VR Lab desk next to the 3D printing room during open hours.

3D prints not collected within two weeks become the property of the University Libraries. 

Printing rules

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.


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