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3D Printing in the Libraries

Who can use the 3D printing service?

The service is available to Centennial students, faculty and staff.

Where is the 3D printer?

If you want to see the printer in action, stop by room L3-06A in the Progress Library on the 3rd floor of L block, and/or room 109F in the Story Arts Library.

How much does 3D printing cost?

At the Progress Library, printed jobs use ABS and cost $3.99 per cubic inch, including model and support materials, plus a $1.40 flat fee for the modelling base.

At the Story Arts Centre Library, printed jobs use PLA and cost .10 cents per gram, including model and support materials.

Once you submit your request, library staff will send you a cost estimate for approval before beginning the print. The cost will be charged to your library account. You can pay by cash, myCard, credit or debit when you pick up your print job.

Which filament is best for my print?

  Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Filament  Polylactic Acid (PLA) Filament 
  • Durable 
  • High-temperature resistance 
  • Better finishing options 
  • Best for functional prototypes
  • Fully biodegradable 
  • Low printing temperature 
  • Easy to work with 
  • Available in more colours  
  • Best for visual prototypes
  • Derived from petroleum sources 
  • Difficult to print with
  • Not appropriate for high-temperature applications 
  • Lacks durability

Source: 3dinsider's Filament Guide 

How can I submit my design?

When you are ready to submit a design for printing, please complete the 3D print job submission form.

You can submit your file in three ways:

  • Link to the design URL (e.g. Thingiverse, GitHub, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Email the files to
  • Submit the files in person on a USB drive to the main library desk at either the Story Arts Centre (room 109) or Progress (3rd floor of L Block) .

You should only submit designs in STL format, which can result in large files. Please be aware that your Centennial email address only allows attachments of up to 37 MB in size. So, you will have to submit larger files using one of the other methods above.

Please note that the deadline for submitting requests for Fall 2022 is December 12th. Any requests received after that date will not be processed until next semester.

How many designs can I submit at once?

You are limited to one active submission at a time.

How soon will my item be ready for pick-up?

Your pick-up date depends on your position in the queue. Jobs submitted for coursework always receive priority. Most small jobs should be available within five business days. However, we cannot guarantee pick-up dates, so please submit jobs well in advance.