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I.D.E.A. Labs: 3D Printing Policy

3D Printing Policies

HPD Library offers 3D printing to our students, faculty, and staff for exploring and creating customized objects for medical education, research, and patient care.


  • 3D printing is a free service available to students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Library's 3D printers may only be used for educational, research, and patient care projects.
  • HPD Library reserves the right to refuse any print request.
  • 3D printers cannot be used to create objects prohibited by local, state, or federal law or that violates NSU policies.
  • 3D printers cannot be used to create objects that are in violation of another's intellectual property rights. 3D print files must be from the public domain or original 3D designs.
  • Our service is designed for rapid prototyping, not mass production. Printing multiple copies of the same file will not be approved.
  • Print jobs will be accepted Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) and are printed on a first come, first serve basis with the exception of patient care objects.
  • Print job times vary greatly due to many factors (size, complexity, design stability, print queue length), therefore the HPD Library cannot guarantee specific delivery times.
  • Only the Emerging Technology Librarian and HPD Technology Support technicians will have hands-on access to the 3D printers and can prepare models. The Circulation department is not responsible for retrieving models from the printers.
  • HPD Library cannot guarantee model quality, stability, or the confidentiality of designs. 
  • HPD library staff are not responsible for removing a printed object's rafts and supports.