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COVID-19 update: New COVID-19 communications protocols, campus non-medical mask protocol

Limited Computers (50) and Study Spaces (81) on the 1st and 2nd floors of the TFDL are available and must be booked. Booking hours extended. Book here.

We are now offering contactless pickup – for current Ucalgary Students, Faculty and Staff only. Place requests for materials that you want from our library system. Pick them up when you receive an email.

Virtual service hours today: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. You can return your books to the exterior book drop on the East side of the TFDL. More information on the Covid 19 page.

TFDL Makerspace Training

Online training for TFDL makerspace equipment

Contactless pickup for 3D prints

While Lab NEXT is closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are still accepting requests for 3D prints from faculty, students, and staff. Your item will be printed by a Library staff member.

Once printed and paid for (by Visa or MasterCard only), prints will be available for contactless pickup in the lobby of the Taylor Family Digital Library.  Pick up hours are currently 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. The TFDL will be closed on all holidays. Rush orders will not be accommodated.

If you have questions about this service please contact dmc@ucalgary.ca

Full Serve 3D Printing

This page provides information about the 3D Print Service in the Taylor Family Digital Library.  Please read this carefully before submitting your job. 

What equipment and materials do we use?

We use a Prusa MK3S. The printer uses a recyclable bioplastic called PLA.  PLA filament does not contain BPA or cause air quality degradation.  We will not print in ABS.

Who is eligible to 3D Print?

The TFDL 3D print service is available to people with a @ucalgary.ca e-mail address.  We prioritize academic prints.  We also reserve the right to refuse any print request at our discretion.

What size of object is eligible to print?

We limit our prints to 200g.  The maximum build dimensions are 210 x 210 x 200 mm.  Very complex or fine detail models are printed at our discretion.

How much does it cost?

$0.25 per gram + a $1.00 set up fee.

What is the process for a 3D print?

Once you have verified the model is watertight and has no anomalies, Save the model as a .stl file and submit it here. Once we receive the model, we will use our slicing software to estimate the cost and check the model for possible print issues.  After receiving the estimate, you must approve (or deny) the print.  Once approved, the model goes into the print queue and is printed as time allows.  After the print is finished, an invoice is emailed and the print is taken to the first floor TFDL service desk to await pickup.

3D Printing Policies

  1. The library's 3D printers may only be used for lawful academic purposes. No one is permitted to create material that is:
    • For commercial purposes
    • Prohibited by local, provincial, or federal law.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
    • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, you cannot reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
  2. The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  3. The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, nor confidentiality of designs. The user is responsible for removing rafts and supports.
  4. Prints must be picked up by the individual who submitted them, using valid ID, at the first floor service desk in the TFDL. Prints not picked up within 30 days after being printed become the property of the Library.
  5. We prioritize our prints using many different factors.  These include academic priority, time to print, color, number of other prints in the queue, and staff workload.  We alter the queue order based on these factors. We make no guarantee of turnaround time on prints, and will not provide any ETA on completion or any information on your place in the queue.
  6. While we want all prints to be successful, our staff do not have the resources to create models upon request. Users are responsible for the quality of the submitted model.

Where can I get help?

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Digital Media Commons staff at dmc@ucalgary.ca.

 

Submit a print job

Submit a print using our online form. Our staff will be in touch to discuss any problems with your model and to provide a cost estimate. Once an estimate is provided, you will be asked to approve your job before it is printed.

We are experiencing intermittent issues with the online form. If you experience an error, please contact us with your name, the time you tried to submit the form, and your IP address if possible. Thank you!

Once finished and paid for, prints will be available for contactless pickup in the lobby of the Taylor Family Digital Library.  Pick up hours are currently 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. The TFDL will be closed on all holidays. Rush orders will not be accommodated.

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