About 3D Printing

3D printing at John L. Haar Library

MacEwan University Library’s vision is to be “Your place to learn, engage and discover.” Toward that vision, we are pleased to be able to provide access to 3D printing in our space. The skills learned and the objects created contribute to student success, innovation, research and creative scholarship at the university.

The 3D printers operate in a glass room in front of Borrower Services around the clock, and you can submit a print job any time, but the room will only be open from 9am-4pm Mon-Fri. We have 4 Ultimaker printers (printer specs).

This service is available to current members of the MacEwan University Community who have a valid university ID. You may want to print models or prototypes for assignments and research or something for personal use or interest. Find out more about 3D printing technology

Prints must be in accordance with MacEwan University Library's 3D printing policy 

Starting May 1st 2019, there will be a flat charge of $3 per printed object, payable upon pick up at the borrower services desk. This is a material replacement charge.

Please note: Submit only one object per print request at a time. For example if you submit a single object that is made up of multiple parts, i.e. a box with a lid, or a car that is assembled from five pieces, that still is considered a single object and the charge would still be $3. However, there may be an additional charge if the combined print time of your pieces exceeds 24hrs or if there is an excessive amount of material required. These print jobs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you submit more than one object in one print request (i.e. 18 figurines, or parts for a skeletal hand AND a foot) you will be asked to select one object to be printed first and to resubmit subsequent objects in separate print requests.

Get Started
See preparing your 3D print file for where to get free 3D models. Log in and submit a print request

How long does it take?

We aim to get your print to you within two weeks. Depending on the size and construction of an object it can take anywhere from 1 hr to several days to print. Due to high demand we will assess prints longer than 24hrs on a case-by-case basis. Note that priority will be given to print requests for academic purposes, you can indicate this by filling in the course and department fields of the print request form. 


Once your object is finished, you will receive an email to pick it up at John L. Haar library at the Borrower Services desk. You will only be able to place another print request once you have picked your object up, this is necessary to ensure broad access to the service and ensure timely printing. We will keep your object for 30 days.

Have questions?
You can ask specific questions regarding a print job in the notes section when you submit your print request. General inquiries can be sent to library3d@macewan.ca where you will be contacted by one of our technicians, you can also ask in our library.

If you would like to learn more about 3D Printing or have an in-depth question you can meet with a technician during these days/times:

3D Technician Schedule
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Other 3D Printing Services

MacEwan University Bookstore - Cost .15 cents/gram of filament, turn around times vary. Email file and request to bookstore@macewan.ca

Edmonton Public Library - Cost .10 cents/gram of filament, 2-4 weeks turn around.

3DHubs Edmonton - Upload your file and get a quote from a local Edmonton 3D printer.