3-D Printing Policy

  1. The 3D printers may be used for lawful purposes only.  No one will be permitted to use the 3D printers to create material that is:
    1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others or that is in violation of the BGSU Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Bowling Green State University abides by the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code).  These laws govern photocopying, or creating other reproductions of copyrighted materials.  It is unacceptable to use the UL 3D printers to reproduce material that is copyrighted, patented, trademarked or in violation of another’s intellectual property rights.   
  3. UL reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  4. UL cannot guarantee model quality or stability. Users may see slight imperfections in their prints.  Small bumps, holes or rough edges on the object may occur with 3D printing.  Some imperfections may be remedied by the use of fine sand paper.  The printers are very accurate but there may be some instances where objects with multiple pieces or moveable parts do not precisely fit together.
  5. UL cannot guarantee confidentiality of designs. All files on the 3D printers will be purged at the end of each semester unless the patron requests that the file is purged immediately following the print.
  6. Individuals retain the rights to their STL files. UL claims no ownership of STL files on 3D printers.
  7. Individuals are responsible for saving their STL file on their own device.
  8. Items must be picked up by the individual who submitted them using a valid BGSU ID.  Items unclaimed after 14 days of email notification become property of UL.
  9. Only designated UL employees will have hands-on access to the 3D printers.
  10. The 3D printers are heavily used and the printing process is time consuming. Prints directly related to course assignments have the highest priority in the 3D printing queue. It is advisable to plan prints at least a week in advance since print times range from two hours to two days.

Reviewed and approved by the UL Management Advisory Group on September 7, 2016

Updated: 06/05/2023 09:44AM