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The HCCC Libraries have been offering 3D printing services to the campus since 2014. Both Gabert Library and NHC Library have a Lulzbot TAZ Workhorse 3D printer and PLA filaments in a variety of colors.

Use of the 3D printers is by appointment. You can choose to:

  • Send us your model by email and pick up a 3D object for free from our Gabert Library.
  • Bring in your model and print on your own. Library staff members will be there to help with the equipment and provide basic technical support.

To make an appointment, please send an email to the tech team or make an appointment online at We'll get back to you soon.

Lulzbot 3D printer

Find and use 3D models

Sites to download a digital design file

Many sites share user-created, digital design files for you to download, modify (if needed) and print for free.

About 3D printers in our libraries

  • Model: Lulzbot TAZ Workhorse Edition
  • Build volume / Printable Area: 280 x 280 x 285 mm (11 x 11 x 11.2 in)
  • Filament: 3mm (2.85mm) PLA or PLA+

Create and print your own 3D model

1. Create your own model

You can use programs like tinkercad , fusion 360, and blender to create an STL file type. This is a 3d sculpture and model that you've made.

  • For new learners, we recommend tinkercad to start. It will allow you to create objects using simple shapes and combining them together.
  • For advanced users who are more into the creativity or artistic side of 3D printing, use blender. Blender is completely free and open sourced. 
  • For advanced users who need parts to be a certain dimensions, fusion 360 is recommended. Fusion 360 is free for non-commercial purpose.

2. Bring in your files

When you bring your files into the library, a library staff member will help you importing your file into our software. This software changes your STL file into directions that the printer can use, in order to print your product.

The staff may ask you a few questions to get more information, which can help us adjust settings and make the print the best it can be for your situation. Please do not do this on your own. Our printer software has been tuned to each of our printers and it will cause problems with the print.

3D model being prepared in computer

Close up of extruder printing a file

3. Watch it print

After the model has been formatted with our software, the printer will do a leveling check and then start printing your creation. You can sit and watch it there, but most likely it will take hours to print. When it is finished, call a librarian over to help you remove the print from the printer. If you do it wrong it could damage your print or our printer.

You are welcome to leave and come back the following day to retrieve your creation. Items printed from the library 3D printer should be picked up within 14 days after printing. Only the individual who made the request can pick up the printed items.

4. Enjoy!!

After your print is done, you can enjoy it. Sometimes you will need to sand down or file your prints to get them smooth. 3D prints are made in layers and sometimes they aren't as smooth when laid on on top of another to form your print.  

3D Printing in Libraries

The HCCC Library’s 3D printers are available to all HCCC students, faculty and staff to make plastic, three-dimensional objects.

I.  The Library’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:

  a.   Prohibited by local, state or federal law.

  b.   Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.

  c.   In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be

        used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.

II. The Library reserves the right to decline a 3D print request that is deemed inappropriate.

III. Use of the 3D printers is by appointment. Priority is given to students with class assignments. Other requests will be honored in the order received. Overnight printing is not allowed for safety.

IV. No eating or drinking near the printing area. Users should keep the area clean and clear.

V. Only designated HCCC Library staff will be permitted to set up the 3D printer, change filaments, and troubleshoot jamming/clogs.

VI. If any problems or concerns, users must report to HCCC Library staff immediately.

VII. Items printed from the library 3D printer must be picked up within 14 days after being printed. Only the individual who made the request can pick up the printed items.