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3D Printing Services

A 3-D Printing Guide From A.T. Still Memorial Library and ATSU Information Technology Services

How to Request a Model

  1. All 3D printing requests must be sent to our 3D Print Shop Manager, Debra Loguda-Summers, who works in the Kirksville Campus branch of the Library. MODEL REQUESTS ARE FOR YOUR PERSONAL STUDY USE ONLY
    1. Please send requests to 
  2. To request a model, please fill out the order form below and send the following information: 
    1. Your contact information
    2. Your School and program affiliation 
    3. If requesting a specific model not listed, please include the link to the STL file and any other information about your desired model -
      • Note: There is only one color available for objects in most cases; however, the plastic can be painted using acrylic model paints.
      • Note: For some projects, we will require an additional step - consultation with Academic Technology. This is often necessary when the model requires significant editing, clean-up, or different material. 
  3. The Library will require an STL or OBJ file to print your 3D object.
    • You may supply this via a USB drive or email. 
    • If you cannot supply an STL or OBJ file, the Library will help you find one if possible. 
  4. The Library will contact you when your model is complete or if there is a problem.
    • Note: Printing a standard model typically requires between one to two weeks if all the necessary files are of good quality; specific cases may take longer depending on the complexity and availability of materials.

Metascan Support

Metascan 3D scanner app for iPhone and iPad only

The Missouri campus library had a designated 3D computer within the Technology Study room, 3D software, Apple Metascan, Next Engine scanner, and OsiriX software for DICOM files. Please contact the 3D print manager for details.

Printed Object Requirements & Limitations

  • Printing is for research or academic purposes only.
  • Requesters must be ATSU students, faculty, or staff.
  • Models must be approved for printing by 3D print manager. (For example: we will not print full size skeletons)
  • Models cannot exceed 5x5x5 cubic inches.
  • Single-color printing only.

STEP ONE : Find/Create STL or OBJ file

The 3D Printers require a CAD-based STL (STereoLithography) or OBJ file for printing. STL files can be created using a 3D scanner or downloaded from other sources.

  • Users must bring a suitable STL or OBJ file to the Library for use with the printer.
    • See the page to the left for assistance finding an open-source STL file suitable for printing. 
STL & CAD file visualization comparison image from Wikipedia

STEP TWO : The Printers


STEP THREE : The Washers

3D printed models must be cleaned of support materials that still adhere to their surfaces after printing is complete. The Library uses specific washers to clean models when possible. For models built using the Affinia H+1, cleaning must be done by hand.

Library 3D Specialists


Debra Loguda-Summers

3D Print Services Manager