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601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore MD 21201-1512

Information Services: 410-706-7995

The Innovation Space: Use & Cost Policy

Reservation / Use


  • Mon.-Fri. 9 AM - 6 PM, maximum 3 hours.
    (First-time users must make a reservation between 9 AM and 4 PM for an orientation.)
  • All 3D printing jobs must end by 6 PM.


  • On the first floor of the HS/HSL next to the elevators.


  • 3 3D printers
  • 2 3D printing pen (3Doodler)
  • 2 3D scanners
  • 1 DNA molecular model (assembly instruction)
  • 2 Molecular model sets
  • Finishing tools
  • 3 PCS: Afinia PC, PC, 3D Scanner PC
    • Afinia PC is loaded with Google Sketchup, Netfabb free, 123D Design free, Make free, Meshmixer free, Afinia software, and Makerbot Desktop.
      • Load your 3D model file on the Afinia PC to use Afinia H480 3D printer.
    • 3D Scanner PC is loaded with Autodesk 3DS Max, Blender, Google Sketchup, Netfabb free, 123D Design free, Make free, Meshmixer free, Makerbot Desktop, and Sense 3D scanner app.
      • Use the 3D Scanner PC to 3D scan an object or for 3D modeling work.


  • 3D printing: $3 for up to an hour of 3D printing and $1 per each additional hour.
  • 3D scanning: Free

Payment Methods

  • Cash, Credit Card, or Chartstring - Pay at the Information Services Desk.
  • Bring the receipt and pick up your 3D printed item. (See Information Services Desk hours.)

How Do I Use the 3D Printers?

3D Printing Process

  1. Load your .STL file into MakerBot desktop or Afinia.
  2. Get the printing time and filament amount estimate.
  3. Submit the 3D Print Job Submission Form
  4. Pay for your 3D print object at the Circulation Desk.
  5. Present your payment receipt and ID at the Reference Desk and pick up your 3D printed object. (See Reference Desk hours.)

Staff Help & User Responsibility

  • Library staff are available for help with operating the 3D printer and the 3D scanner as well as loading 3D model files. The staff are unable to provide help with designing 3D models and 3D modeling software.
  • Users are responsible for bringing their 3D model file in the .STL format. Users must properly prepare and repair the file in advance for successful 3D printing.
  • New to 3D Printing? Check out our How-To Guide for 3D Printing.
  • Users are responsible for safely operating the devices and selecting, loading, printing 3D model files.

What Can You Print with the 3D Printer?

  • An object that can be printed within 3 hours.
  • Exceptions are allowed for UMB teaching faculty and researchers for educational purposes. Please send an inquiry to

What CANNOT Be Printed

  • Items prohibited by local, state, or federal law
  • Items that are unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or that pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others
  • Items that are obscene or otherwise inappropriate
  • Items that are in violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, you cannot reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection. 

Safety Precautions

  • Do not touch the extruder or the platform during or after the printing. You may burn yourself.
  • All library users are responsible for their own safety while using the 3D printer and other equipment.
  • HS/HSL is not responsible for any injury a user inflicts on himself or herself during the use of the equipment.

Modernization projects such as the Innovation Space initiative are made possible by the generosity of donors through the UMB Foundation. If you would like to support projects such as these please visit or contact us at (410) 706-7545.

Last edited on: Monday, May 7, 2018