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3D Printing in HCC Libraries: Central Campus

3D Printing


Three dimensional (3D) printing is an innovative technology that helps students create a prototype from a digital model. Three dimensional printing started in the 1980’s under the name ‘rapid prototyping’ because the purpose of the technology was to prototype faster and cheaper. Today 3D printers offer amazing results and provides a platform that allows students to create anything imaginable.


  • Schedule an appointment or stop by to talk to a library staff member to discuss a 3D printing project. The staff member will  preview the file in Ultimaker Cura, and follow-up with the student to evaluate the digital object, resources, estimate a time completion and discuss file formats.
  • If the file is compliant with our 3D printing policy, then the object will be printed.  
  • All students who request 3D printing assistance must complete a post survey. 

For more information, contact: 
Rumela Bose (Public Service Librarian);, 713-718-6136
Tri Tran (SLAC Officer);, 713-718-6133


3D Printing Policy

Student Acceptable Use Policy: 3D Printing at HCC Central Library


HCC Central Library & SLAC desires to offer HCC students access to emerging technologies such as a 3D printer to inspire interest in design and help students bring their creations to life. This policy establishes the guidelines for use of 3D printer technology available at HCC Central Library.


  • The 3D printer is available to create three-dimensional objects using a design that is uploaded from a computer file.
  • All 3D printing at HCC Central Library will occur as IN HOUSE USE ONLY under supervision of library staff.
  • The HCC Central Library 3D printer may only be used for lawful purposes.
  • Objects made using the HCC Central Library 3D printer are not for commercial use, mass production, and are not to be resold.
  • Students must abide by all applicable local, state and federal laws and HCC Library policies.
  • Students will not be allowed to create unsafe, harmful, or dangerous objects or those which replicate such objects or pose an immediate threat to the well-being of persons or property. This includes parts of weapons, ammunition, and defensive as well as offensive weapons or any object which is regulated or requires a license to carry.
  • Students shall not print any obscene or otherwise inappropriate objects in which HCC library staff determines in their sole discretion, inappropriate for a learning environment.
  • HCC Library staff, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to decline any print request for any reason.
  • Students will not create or print any object in violation of another’s intellectual property rights related to patented, trademarked or copyrighted materials.


Current HCC students are entitled to submit print requests. The library is able to provide 3D print jobs for class assignments provided the print job is no longer than 8 hours and does not weigh over 100 grams.


All prints will be executed by HCC library staff or SLAC during their regular hours of operation.

Printing Priority:

All items will be printed on a first come first serve basis, with the exception of items being printed for academic reasons (relating to a class) which will be given priority over recreational prints.  In times of higher demand, HCC Library Staff may limit the number of prints to one (1) per day per person or group.

Printing Costs:

Students can print 1 personal item but the item must not take longer than 15 minutes - 1hour to print and has to be under 10 grams for free. Printing costs for small print jobs will be waived until HCC Libraries finalizes an agreement with Eagleprint. Students are encourage to bring their own filament for larger print jobs.


In providing 3D printing services, HCC Central Library & SLAC disclaims any warranties, express or implied, including the warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness of a particular purpose, for the printing services themselves and any resulting tangible object or product thereof. The 3D objects are provided to students for aesthetic purposes only, and are not intended for use as a functional tool or a functional part of a larger item. HCC Central Library & SLAC shall not be liable for any damages resulting from such non-aesthetic use. In submitting a job to be printed, a student warrants and represents that it owns, or has obtained, all rights necessary to allow HCC Central Library to provide the requested 3D printing services. Students shall be liable for any and all claims of intellectual property infringement that result from the 3D printing services provided hereunder. HCC Central Library & SLAC cannot guarantee model quality or stability, confidentiality of designs, or specific delivery times. HCC Central Library is not responsible for any damage, loss or security of data arising from the use of its computers or network, nor for the functionality or quality of content produced on the 3D printer.


Copyright law under Title 17 of the United States Code, patent law under Title 35 of the United States Code, and other intellectual property laws of the United States may govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of content. Under 17 U.S.C. § 108(f)(2) the provision of unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for use by patrons does not excuse the person who uses the reproduction equipment from liability for copyright infringement for any such act, or for any later use of such copy or phonorecord, if it exceeds fair use as provided by 17 U.S.C. § 107. Nor does it excuse the person who uses the reproducing equipment from liability for patent, tort or other laws.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to make available or provide access to photocopy or other reproducing equipment if, in its judgment, use of such equipment would involve violation of copyright, patent or other laws.

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