3D Printing Policy


MacEwan University Library reserves the right to refuse any print request.

We may not be able to print your submission due to the following reasons:

  • The file is not viable to print. It may contain elements or be designed in such a way that printing it could damage the 3D printer. See preparing your 3D print file.

  • Prohibited by local, provincial, or federal law. No guns or functional weaponry. Props or costume items will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  • The file violates intellectual property or copyrights including objects or aspects of such that are registered trademarks or patents.  

  • Commercial use, the service is not intended to provide objects for commercial purposes. However, prototyping is encouraged.

  • Multiples will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis, due to print time restrictions, only one object can be requested at a time. Class sets can be printed, other requests for limited amounts of multiple copies for non-commercial use will be considered and accommodated where possible.

Our printers are in an open and visible part of the library so we can not keep your print private. However, your personal information provided in the print request will be kept confidential.

In summary, print jobs should not pose a risk to the printer, be prohibited by law, for commercial use, or violate intellectual property or copyright.

With thanks to U of A, NAIT and EPL for sharing their 3D printing policies.

How to tell if a file is licensed for re-printing, modifying or sharing?
See the licensing and copyright for 3D prints.

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.