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3D Printing

Do you have something to print? Send the .stl file to the library through and collect your print during click & collect hours. See full instructions in the prepare section. 

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing involves creating a physical object from a digital model layer by layer. Typically, printers would have used melted plastic to do this but today a variety of material can be used including metal and ceramic.

The MakerSpace in the library has three 3D printers: two Ultimakers which use PLA (polylactic acid), a filament derived from renewable sources, and a Form 2 which uses a laser to precisely cure liquid photopolymer resin into solid parts. 

3D printing has a wide variety of applications, from rapid product prototyping and medtech to jewellery design. 

This guide will provide you with some basic resources for how to design your own 3D models, send them to the library to print, or prepare and print them yourself.

Terms & Conditions of 3D Printing in the Library

The service is currently free of charge and is available to registered students and staff of NUI Galway.

If a printed item is not collected within 7 days it becomes the property of the Library and may be recycled. 

Globally, we are becoming more conscious of our plastic waste which is having devastating effects of our oceans and wildlife. We at the MakerSpace would appreciate if you would take the time to ask yourself - "Is this 3D model going to help me with my education or project?" If not, please help us help the Planet.

As this is currently a free service the library reserves the right to deny a print request if it would result in a disproportionately high use of the limited materials available. If your request is too big we may not be able to process it for free.

The service cannot be used to print items that fall into any of these categories:

  • Prohibited by law including but not limited to weapons and models of weapons.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate items.
  • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. E.g copyright, patent or trademark protection.

Please contact if you have any questions about this service.