Background/Purpose of 3D Equipment Technology at the UAB Libraries
The 3D printing equipment at the UAB Libraries is provided to enable UAB students, faculty, and staff investigate the uses for this technology; priority will be given to projects that inform teaching and research programs at the university, however, users are also welcome to explore applications of this technology for visual art purposes or personal non-commercial projects.
Uses of 3D Equipment
All use of the 3D printing equipment at the UAB Libraries must be supervised by UAB Library personnel. No use is permitted without UAB Library supervision.
b) Priority use is given to UAB faculty, staff and students.
c) The UAB Libraries reserve the right to refuse any 3D print request.
d) All users wishing to use the 3D equipment individually must complete an annual two (2) hour training provided by the Emerging Technology and System Development Unit in the Technology and Technical Services Department of UAB Libraries for equipment orientation.
e) All print projects proposed to be undertaken by an individual and not by the UAB Libraries personnel must consult with the Emerging Technology and System Development Unit prior to starting any print project.
f) Users are prohibited from conducting any maintenance or repair of the 3D printers or associated equipment. If a piece of equipment appears to be malfunctioning or broken, users should discontinue use of the equipment immediately and inform UAB Libraries staff.
g) Users may provide their own materials for printing projects. However, all materials must be approved by the Emerging Technology and System Development Unit before any print projects are initiated. Use of metal-based and conductive filaments, or any other filament or printing material that is presents a potential health hazard is prohibited.
a) The UAB Libraries will charge for the cost of consumable materials such as printer filament after charging for 3D printing in the libraries has been approved. UAB Libraries fees will be used to reimburse for consumable materials and for maintenance and upgrade of the equipment. Please contact 3D printing space staff for information on current rates for 3D printing.
b) Please use the UAB Libraries process which is found on the UAB Libraries website to submit projects for 3D printing. UAB Libraries will respond to all 3D printing requests within for 72 hours during the business week.
c) All files submitted for 3D printing must be submitted in either .STL or .OBJ format. Files submitted must be suitable for use on the printers available in the 3D printing space. UAB Libraries staff will not convert files from other file formats.
User Responsibilities & Precautions
Users must observe all posted safety signs in the 3D printing spaces.
Users must wear eye protection during object post-processing activities such as sanding and support removal.
Closed-toed shoes are required in the 3D printing spaces.
Users are responsible for their own safety when using the equipment; UAB Libraries is not responsible for any injury a user inflicts on himself or herself during the operation of the equipment or during post-print object processing activities including, but not limited to, removal of printed support from objects, sanding, removal of objects from the printer platforms, use of the Form Cure or Form Wash, or any other tools provided for object finishing.
Please avoid in particular touching the extruder head(s) or the platform during or after the printing, as these are quite hot and can burn
By using the 3D technology Users are certifying that the objects they are printing:
Are not prohibited by law.
Are not unsafe, harmful, dangerous or threatening to the well-being of others.
Are not obscene or otherwise inappropriate.
Do not knowingly violate another’s intellectual property or privacy rights.
Are not and will not intended for direct sale, retail, or immediate commercial us
Will not be used in human research or human clinical settings other than for educational purposes.
Will not be used in animal laboratory settings without first obtaining approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).