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Hilton C. Buley Library


Buley MakerLab: 3D printing

Policies and Manuals for Buley LIbrary Technology Lab and MakerSpace

The Buley CUBES

The library has two CUBE 3D printers; the Cube and the CubePro; and two Makerbot Replicator2 3D pritners.  The Cubes create 3D models via ABS or PLA plastic in "smart" cartridges.  Cubify design software is compatible with other design software converted to cubex file format. Printers are currently in the Tech Services area and the "designlab" on the ground floor of the library.

To Create a 3D Object:

  • Design a 3 dimensional object using computer assisted design (CAD) software. 
  • Save the design as a .stl file 

Send File to be printed via this form.

OR, to print in the library design studio continue...

  • Open the Cubify software, choose "add" and select the file to add to "my shelf."
  • The file will be converted to a .cube file
  • Export the file to a thumb drive
  • Insert the thumb drive into the Cube printer
  • Use menu to choose file to print.


3D in action time lapse video


Buley LIbrary 3D Print Procedure

  1. Create an object design using cad-type software that yields a .stl file
  2. Complete 3D print request form and submit .stl design file to the makerspace dropbox (insert address) or provide link to public design file (google drive, one drive etc.).  Requestor email is required.
  3. Review library comments (if any) sent to requestor email.
  4. Respond to email with corrections and final print request.

Buley Library 3D Print Policy

  1. The Buley Library 3D printer is available for use by students, faculty and staff.
  2. 3D printing during the spring, 2016 pilot stage is free. (It is anticipated that a fee to cover material costs will be necessary in the future)
  3. The size of prints is initially limited to 3 cubic inches—permission is required for solid prints.
  4. The 3D printing queue is prioritized based on factors such as academic priority, class due dates, reprints, and other issues as they arise. The library reserves the right to alter queue order based on these factors.
  5. The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, or confidentiality of designs. Responsibility for removing rafts and supports is up to the user.
  6. The library's 3D printers may only be used for lawful purposes. No objects will be created that are:
    • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
    • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. (ie reproductions that are subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
  7. Items must be picked up by the individual who submitted them or their designee, using a valid University ID. Items not picked up within 7 days after being printed become the property of the Buley Library.
  8. The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Submission Form

3D Scanners

There are two hand held 3D scanners which can be checked out for use in the library.

Design software

The Cube 3D printers use Cubify software and can print .cube3 files directly.  Other file types (.stl, .3ds, .ply) created with various design programs can be converted to .cube3 files in the cubify app. 

Tinkercad, SketchUpGeomagic design, Rhinoceros, Blender, OpenSCAD are examples of freely available design software (some have free and fee versions) that use CAD principles.  Many design programs require users to create a free account.  See each product description and the FAQ for CUBE for more information

Check out the MakerBot Thingiverse archive for ideas and designs that can be downloaded and printed.