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3D Printing Policy

  • All print requests must be picked up within 30 business days of the notification of completion. Any printed objects left for more than 30 business days will become the property of the Harrell Health Sciences Library.
  • Rafts, brims, and supports can be added to a print design to ensure quality printing and will be applied at the discretion of the library staff member handling your request. Such additions are included in the total weight of the object and therefore are included in the price of the object. Patrons are responsible for removing any rafts, brims, or supports on the printed object.
  • Objects printed may sometimes have small bumps or holes. These defects are normal to 3D printing and will not be cause for refund or lack of payment. The library is not responsible for any multi-part objects that do not perfectly fit together.
  • 3D printing services are restricted to Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center faculty, staff, and students.
  • Prints will be queued in the order they are received with priority being given to academic work and patient care.
  • In instances where the print job fails as a result of printer failure, complimentary reprint(s) will be offered.
  • In instances where the print job fails as a result of design failure, payment for the failed print job will still be required.
  • The Harrell Health Sciences Library 3D printers may only be used for lawful purposes.  Penn State will not print models that are prohibited by any law or regulation. To ensure the safety and compliance with University Policy SY12, Penn State will not print any object that may function as a weapon or part of a weapon.
  • Models that infringe on intellectual property rights of others, including objects that are copyrighted, patented, or trademarked will not be printed.  Accordingly, the library staff may ask you to provide proof that the work to be printed is:  your creation; covered by public domain or Creative Commons licenses; and does not conflict with any University policy or  restrictions.
  • Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
  • Patrons are not permitted to remove completed prints from 3d printers.  Please allow library employees to remove and process completed prints before pick up.