The University Libraries Makerspace is a lab for you to create, tinker, and explore. Housed in the Technology Showcase in the Mary Idema Pew Library Atrium, the Makerspace has two 3-D printers and specialized modeling software for use by current GVSU students, faculty, and staff.

A technology showcase student worker is always present in the space to help you load your .stl or .thing files into the printer. You can either download a file off of the Makerbot website, or you can get more creative and create your own files on CAD software. Student workers are there to assist you, but they cannot create any files for you. They are also available to help troubleshoot any printing problems. 

3D Printing at GVSU


NO MORE COST! Current GVSU students and faculty can print anything for free as long as you present a valid student ID.


You can find the 3D printers in the Technology Showcase on the Atrium Level of the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale Campus (across from the IT Help Desk).


Monday through Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Interested in using the 3-D printers in your classroom, or having an in-class demo? Let us know, we'd love to work with you!

General Questions about 3D Printing


No one will be permitted to use the 3D printers to create material that is:

  1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the university's educational environment.
  4. In violation of another person's intellectual property rights.

All students, staff, and faculty must provide a valid GVSU ID in order to submit a 3D print.

Due to previous problems we no longer allow the printing of phone cases and/or phone clips.

In order to provide a timely service for all patrons we limit each order to 5 files. In addition, all files must be related in some way. Example: 5 parts for something you’re making, or 5 things related to the same subject.

All patrons must pick up their order prior to placing a new order. There may not be two orders for the same person in the queue at one time.

Class prints require 3 business days (Monday – Friday), not including the day of submission, to complete. Proof of the assignment must be provided in digital form.

The Technology Showcase reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request. Our 3D printing services may be used only for lawful purposes.

We believe in artistic expression! If your idea is in violation of these tenants, please email Paul Wilson at, and he will be happy to discuss any issues you might have.

Page last modified February 21, 2017