Library: Maker Studio and 3D Printing

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The library’s Jim and Karen Linder Maker Studio is equipped with technology and other tools for the purpose of creation and prototyping educational, clinical, and research materials. Library staff facilitates access to the Maker Studio and provides workshops but may not necessarily have the skills to assist with user projects.

Maker Studio Access Policy: Overview

  • The library Maker Studio is available for use by current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine, and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. 
  • All users are required to complete an in-person safety orientation.
  • Only designated users on the Maker Studio access list are allowed in the room. Guests are not permitted unless they are part of a library-sponsored tour or are enrolled in a UNMC course or outreach program. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Maker Studio. 
  • McGoogan Library staff reserves the right to terminate access to the Maker Studio or to cancel active prints for any reason.

3D Printers Self-Service Use Policy

The Maker Studio 3D printers yield prototype-quality printing which are ideal for creative exploration. Following a brief orientation, users can design and customize their own 3D prints and make some post-production modifications.

  • All users are required to complete an in-person 3D printing orientation. 
  • 3D printers are intended to be used for rapid prototyping, not production. Multiple prints of identical objects will be permitted with permission. 
  • The 3D printing workstations are open unless they are actively being used to run a print job. The 3D printing workstations may be reserved in advance if required for a group, workshop, or special project. 
  •  Users must follow the 3D Printing Policy below.

3D Printing Policy

  • The 3D printers are for non-commercial use only and may not be used to print items for resale.
  • 3D Printers may not be used to produce anything in violation of local, state, or federal laws, or in violation of UNMC or library policies. 
  • No firearms or other weapons (in part or in whole, including replicas), obscene or inappropriate objects may be created using the 3D printer. 
  • Users must abide by all applicable intellectual property rights and laws including copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and patent law (Title 35, U.S. Code).

3D Print Request Service

The library's 3D print service yields prototype-quality printing. This service is best for ready-to-print files. Library staff may resize your model or make minor modification to the support structure or infill to improve the likely success and quality of the finished print.

  • Print requests will be limited to educational, clinical, and research objects. Library staff will have the discretion to determine if an object meets one of those three areas.  Library staff will reach out to requesters for clarification as needed.
  • This service is designed for rapid prototyping, not production. Multiple prints of identical objects will be permitted with permission.
  • The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, confidentiality of designs, or specific delivery times. 
  • All user requests must comply with the 3D Printing Policy.