The Print Depot Policy and Procedures

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Research, Design and Prototype - but Manufacture Elsewhere

The Print Depot is not a production facility. Similar to the Fab Lab Charter, commercial activities may be prototyped, researched and incubated in The Print Depot however they should grow beyond rather than within our space.

Specifically, if you intend to create more than 10 of your item, in particular with 3D printing, that is considered manufacturing and is not allowed in the Print Depot. When you are ready to go beyond your prototype and grow your commercial activity, please consult with Print Depot staff for commercial manufacturing resources.

Weapon Making Is Banned

Due to university policy on weapons, no weapons or weapon-like items are allowed on campus, nor may anyone produce them in The Print Depot. This includes parts of weapons, ammunition, and defensive as well as offensive weapons. If you aren't sure what constitutes a weapon, please consult a full-time Print Depot staff member.



Tools of Vandalism are Banned

Items produced in The Print Depot may not be used in a way that violates university posting policies or local, state, or federal laws regarding vandalism. If you have any questions about this policy, please consult a full-time Print Depot staff member.'





Legal and Lawful

Plymouth State University 3D printers may only be used for lawful purposes. No one is permitted to create material that is: Prohibited by local, state, or federal law. In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.





Consequences For Policy Violations



Access to The Print Depots' services is a privilege and not a right. All Print Depot policies are posted on Knowledgebase, and Print Depot users are responsible for learning and following the policies. Knowingly or unknowingly violating Print Depot policies does come with consequences. The exact consequences vary depending on the nature of the situation, and will be decided by full-time Print Depot staff members. Possible consequences for violating Print Depot policies include having campus security and police notified, as well as potential legal action. The severity of the consequence will be matched with the severity of the policy infraction.

Right to Refusal

Plymouth State University ITS reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.


Plymouth State University ITS cannot guarantee model quality or functionality. Responsibility for removing rafts and supports is up to the user.

Pick up policy

Items must be picked up by the individual who submitted them or their designee, using valid ID and payment. Items not picked up within 14 days after being printed become the property of Plymouth State University ITS.


1. Only designated Plymouth State University ITS employees will have hands-on access to the 3D printer
2. The 3D printing queue is prioritized based on factors such as academic priority, class due dates, reprints, machine functionality and other issues as they arise. We reserve the right to alter queue order based on these factors.
3. To best accommodate large orders, please contact us 4-6 weeks prior to your "need by" date at For instructors, please contact us at the beginning of the semester so we can coordinate the best time for your class to submit their projects.

Additional 3D Print Policies

Print Submissions

$3.00 per build -- this charge is per build plate of items (no matter the size of the printer currently).

Print Failures -- Three Strikes
If your 3D print fails 3 times and isn't the fault of the machine, filament running out, or any other printer driven problem, it will not be processed more than three times.

Printing for the Public

What a patron/member of the public needs to process a print: A Lamson Library Card
All members of the public must have a Lamson Library card in order to process any prints.
You are welcome to submit prints to The Print Depot. We are a service that provides to our community which includes: students, faculty staff and the greater Plymouth community. Student and faculty projects do take precedence and we do not give a specific timeline or deadline for processing prints for members of the public.

Should your project be deadline driven, we have a resources list you can refer to.

We do not take outside materials from members of the public for print processing -- we will only process with in house materials.

All prints submitted to the public are to be approved by the Digital Creation Technologist, Erika Rydberg. Please reach her via

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Some of these policies and procedures were modified from think[box] at Case Western.


Article ID: 2920
Fri 10/2/20 5:18 PM
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