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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?

Progress uses an Ultimaker S7 printer; Story Arts uses an Ultimaker S3. If you want to see either 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?

Each member of the Centennial community has an allowance of 100 grams of free 3D printing per semester. Members can use their free allowance for one or more print request, just as long as the total weight of all requests does not exceed 100 grams.

If the free 3D print request(s) exceeds 100 grams, then, users are responsible for paying $0.10 cents per gram for every gram or part of a gram outside the 100 grams allowance. A request is an online submission for a 3D print job and may include one or more files or objects. Members submitting a request must be aware that a 3D print request that is longer than 12 hours may be denied if it impacts on fair use, waiting times and printing demands. Users must agree to the cost in order for printing to begin.

Fees are subject to HST which includes model and support materials. 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.

How can I submit my design?

When you are ready to submit a design for printing, please complete the 3D print job submission form. Please review the Library's 3D Printing Policy before submitting a request.

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.

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. Requests received after 12 pm on Fridays will not be processed until the following Monday. However, we cannot guarantee pick-up dates, so please submit jobs well in advance.