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3D Printing and Scanning: How to submit a 3D Printing Job

This guide give you information on 3D printing and scanning services provided by the Radcliffe Science Library, along with links to helpful 3D printing, scanning, and modelling resources and tips.

3D Printing Services

We have relaunched our 3D printing service.

Please note that our 3D printing service is only available to members of Oxford University. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to offer printing services to external organisations, businesses or private individuals.

How to submit a 3D Print

  • Read the Terms of Use and make sure your prints adheres to these terms
  • Email us from your University email address, otherwise please let us know your Bodleian cardholder number
  • Prepare your 3D model as a .stl or .obj file.
    • If you don't have a .stl / .obj file of your 3D model then just let us know and we can try to help convert it to the correct file type by emailing
  • Send your 3D model to
  • We will then check the 3D model is printable and adheres to our policy, and get back to you with a printing time and cost
    • We charge £2 for the first hour and then £1 for every hour after that
  • Once you have confirmed you are happy with the costs, we will then add your 3D model to our printing queue
    • We will send you a link to pay online
  • We aim to print your 3D model within 10 working days, although this will vary depending on demand and the size of your print job
  • You can then collect your 3D model from the desk at the Radcliffe Science Library.

Material Available

We have a choice of PLA filament colours you can choose from, we currently have PLA in: White, Black, Silver, Gold, Natural Translucent, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, Yellow and Brown. We can also print in a stronger plastic called PET-G in white only, this is only necessary if your 3D model will be put under pressure or heat.

If you need to print in another material please contact us to discuss pricing.

Equipment Available

(Main Printer) An Original Prusa I3 MK3 + Multi Material Upgrade. The maximum build volume is 250 x 210 x 210 mm. Supported materials – PLA, PET-G & PVA.
Prusa 3D Printer with multiple materials


A MakerBot Replicator 2 (3D Printer). The maximum build volume is 285 x 153 x 155 mm. 

MakerBot Replicator 2

A MakerBot Digitizer (3D Scanner). The maximum scan volume is 203mm (Diameter) X 203mm (H) or 8x8IN.

MakerBot Digitizer

A 3D Sense Scanner (Handheld 3D Scanner). This scanner can scan objects larger than a 50 x 50 mm (2 x 2 in).

3D Sense Scanner