3D printing


Check availability or book a time on a 3D printer or the 3D scanner.


3D printing workshops are posted on the library's workshop page as they are scheduled. The library's 3D printing staff members also provide one-on-one training outside of the scheduled workshops. Email 3dprint.library [at] mcgill.ca to schedule an appointment.

Failed print job or questions?

Ask an on-duty 3D printing staff member, or contact 3dprint.library [at] mcgill.ca.


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  • The 3D printers and scanner are available for use by current McGill students and faculty members upon completion of a short training session.
  • Use of the 3D printers is contingent upon compliance with the Library’s Regulation on the Use of 3D Printers.
  • 3D printers can be reserved for the requisite printing time through the Library’s booking system.
    • We require at least 24 hours notice to approve reservations, not including weekends.
  • Detailed information about the steps involved in 3D printing at McGill can be found below.

Plastic filament

  • Plastic filament will be provided for every 3D printer reservation. Only the filament that the library has provided may be used.
  • The type of plastic filament used is PLA plastic.
  • For specific colour requests please contact 3dprint.library [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Plastic%20Filament) .

3D Printing Staff

3D Printing Staff will be available in Research Commons: Room B during select hours to answer questions, and assist in the 3D printing process.

  • Staff members are usually available from 11:30AM-2:30PM on Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:00PM-6:00PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9:00AM-2:30PM on Fridays.

Please send any questions or comments to: 3dprint.library [at] mcgill.ca (subject: 3D%20Printing)

3D printing process

Pre-printing process

  1. Sign up for and successfully complete one of the 3D printing workshops.
  2. Sign up for a free account on 3dprinteros using your McGill email address. Please do not use your McGill password.
    » Using your McGill email address will allow us to identify you as a member of the McGill community when we receive your design.
  3. Log into your account on 3dprinteros.
  4. Upload your model (in STL format), slice your design(s) and, if you choose, use the other apps (magicfix, etc.) to ready your design(s) for printing.
  5. Submit a booking request for the 3D printer(s) you would like to use, and once your request has been approved you are ready to print.

Printing process

  1. At your designated printing time, check the printer you have booked for the following:
    • Is there is a completed job left in the printer? If so, please carefully remove it and place it underneath the desk.
    • Is there plastic loaded in the printer? If yes and it is the color you want to use, go to the next step. If there is no plastic or it is not the color you want, contact 3dprint.library [at] mcgill.ca or an on-duty 3D printing peer tutor.
      » Note: Only select colours are available (white, black, blue, red, orange, green, yellow, silver and transparent). If you would like to print with other colours please contact 3dprint.library [at] mcgill.ca for additional information.
  2. Once the printer is set up, use your own device or the computer in the 3D printing area to log onto your 3dprinteros account and print your design(s).
  3. Take note of when your print will be completed, so that you can plan to return and pick it up.

Failed print job or questions? Ask an on-duty 3D Printing Peer Tutor, or contact 3dprint.library [at] mcgill.ca.

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