The University Libraries Makerspace is a lab for you to create, tinker, and explore. Located 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 staff member is always present in the space to help you load your .stl files into the printer. You can either download a file off of a website like or you can get more creative and create your own files on CAD software. Showcase staff provide assistance with 3D print requests, however design assistance is not available.  

3D Printing at GVSU



Current GVSU students and faculty can submit a 3D print for free as long as you present a valid GVSU ID.


Have a question about 3D printing at GVSU? 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!

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We believe in artistic expression, however, 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 a 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 only be used for lawful purposes.

What is the type of filament it uses?

  • PLA - It’s a type of non-oil based plastic filament

How big can you print?

  • The object can’t be bigger than 7.2 inches wide or depth

How do I print something?

  • You have to go into the showcase during their open times to submit a request

  • You have to have a .stl file (.stl is the file extension type)

  • If you need to look for a file, go on to find a file

Can they design files for me?

  • Unfortunately, not at this time. Thingiverse is the easiest way to find a file, but you can come in and talk to the workers to see if they can direct you in the correct direction to either have something created or instruct you on some websites and software that can be beneficial for personal designs.

How can I get in contact with the showcase to ask questions about 3D printing?

Page last modified May 8, 2019