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3D Printing

The McGill Library's 3D Printing Guide

QUICK START: 3D printing

Four Ultimaker 3D printers are available for use only to those who have registered for the service. You are asked to register ahead of time to gain access to the 3D printing service by speaking to an Innovation Commons Assistant or by emailing Please email this address with any questions you may have, including to schedule a basic introductory session.

What is 3D Printing?

How to 3D print at McGill

Pre-printing process

  1. Sign up for and successfully complete one of the 3D printing workshops, or email to schedule an individual training session.
  2. Submit a booking request for the 3D printer you would like to use, and once your request has been approved you are ready to print.

Printing process

  1. At your designated printing time, check the printer you have booked for the following:
    • Is there is a completed job left in the printer? If so, please carefully remove it and place it underneath the desk.
    • Is there plastic loaded in the printer? If yes and it is the color you want to use, go to the next step. If there is no plastic or it is not the color you want, contact or an on-duty 3D printing peer tutor. Note: Only select colours are available (white, black, blue, red, orange, green, yellow, silver and transparent). If you would like to print with other colours please contact for additional information.
  2. Once the printer is set up, use your own device or the computer in the 3D printing area to use Cura to print your model.
  3. Take note of when your print will be completed, so that you can plan to return and pick it up.

Where to find files to print

Note: Many of these sites require a free account to download models

Innovation Commons Assistant Hours

Winter 2023

Mon: 9AM-2PM

Tues: 10AM-noon

Wed: 9AM-5PM (no service 2-3PM)

Thurs: 10AM-noon

Fri: 9AM-5PM (no service 2-3PM)

Liaison Librarian

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David Greene
Humanities & Social Sciences Library

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