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Technology in Libraries


3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing technology, where objects are built layer-by-layer from a digital 3D model. This process is also known as rapid prototyping and is used to quickly create physical models of a digital design. 3D printing is useful in small scale college work because it allows students to quickly and accurately create physical models of their designs. This can be helpful for teaching concepts and demonstrating ideas in the classroom. Additionally, 3D printing is often more cost-effective than traditional manufacturing methods, making it a viable option for students who need to create physical models on a budget.

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+

To learn more about 3D printing, visit the MakerSpace page.

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, non-commercial 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.