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3D Printing: 3D Printing Service

The library provides a 3-D printing service to all registered UCC students and staff, supporting them in building capabilities in digital literacy, as well as emerging technologies.


What is 3-D printing?

3-D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital model file. Used widely for prototyping and design projects, 3-D printing allows for low-cost, rapid ideation before arriving at a final finished product. 3-D printing can be used for fun, for research and for creative purposes.


3-D Printing Process:

  • Save your file as an STL file.
  • Email your file as an attachment to
  • Your file will be approved for printing by library staff, and added to the print queue.
  • When your model is ready, we'll notify you that is it ready for collection from the main desk in the Boole Library.
  • The service is currently free, although future charges may be introduced. Excessive volumes of requests from a single user may not be offered for free.

3-D Printing Service

3-D Printing Service: 3-D files are printed in polylactide (PLA)
3-D Printing Service: Objects are printed in one solid colour using the currently loaded filament.
3-D Printing Service: Only .STL files will be printed and without modification.
3-D Printing Service: All objects require support mesh material which is easily removed


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Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation.  

The maximum printed volume is 250mm x 199mm x 150mm.  

Makerbot 3d-printer

Ultimaker 3. 

The maximum printed volume is 197 x 215 x 200 mm. 

Ultimaker 3d-printer

NoteObjects with smaller dimensions tend to have a more reliable print experience. 



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Browse, download and remix thousands of 3-D model designs for free.

Create your own!

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Create your own 3-D model designs using Tinkercad, a free, easy-to-learn 3D modeling software. Any other CAD software will work too.


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Publish and find 3D models online.


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The British Museum

A museum of the world, for the world.



  • UCC Library reserves the right to decline any print request for any reason.
  • The library will only process one file submission per user at any one time - multiple submissions from a single user will not be approved for printing.
  • By submitting a 3-D print request, it is understood that you have ensured the model is not subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection - the library accepts no responsibility for this.
  • The use of the library's 3-D printer is for lawful and non-commercial purposes.
  • Users of this service must abide by all applicable laws, University and library policies.
  • The 3-D printing service cannot be used to print items that fall into any of the following criteria:
    • Prohibited by law, including but not limited to weapons and models of weapons.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or immediate threat to the well-being of others.
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate items.
    • In violation of the intellectual property rights of others.
  • Items not collected within 14 days become the property of library.


Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about UCC Library's 3-D printing service, please email

Previous 3D Prints