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Media Services: 3D Printing

Guides for using our equipment and services

3D Printers

Material & Service Charge

Material support:   

PLA (bio-degradable polymer),  

PVA (supporting materials) 



Upbox - Green, Black, Blue, White, Gray

Ultimaker - Silver, White, Black


Price List: 

Base charge per model HK$20
PLA material HK$1 per gram

PVA material

HK$2 per gram

Booking or Consultation Appointment


3D Printers & Scanners


Consultation Appointment

Consultation session for how to use equipment in LIC can be booked via library booking system.

For enquiries, please contact Media Services at 3917-7007 or email

3D Printer information

Up Box Plus Ultimaker 3 Ultimaker S5

Dimensions:  493 x 517 x 493 mm

Build volume:  255 x 205 x 205 mm

Print speed:  

Filament diameter:  1.7 mm

Software:  UP studio app

Supported file:  stl

Dimensions: 342 x 505 x 588 mm

Build volume:  197 x 215 x 200 mm

Print speed:  20 to 200 m/s

Filament diameter:  2.85 mm

Software:  Ultimaker Cura

Supported file:  stl

Dimensions: 495 x 585 x 780 mm

Build volume:  330 x 240 x 300 mm

Print speed: < 24 mm³ /s

Filament diameter:  2.85 mm

Software:  Ultimaker Cura

Supported file:  stl

Guidelines for using the 3D printing service

  • 3D printing service is available for HKU current staff and students.
  • You can create your 3D model from scratch or download a file ready for printing on the Internet.  Please save your file in STL format on a FAT USB thumb drive/online. 
  • Please reserve a time slot in our booking system.
  • Bring along your STL file saved on a FAT USB thumb drive/online and place your print request with our staff.
  • Library staff will go through your print file with you on a 3D printing workstation where you can configure the printing parameters and requirements (such as layer height, in-fill, support, etc.).
  • Library staff will then assess the printability of your file and indicate the printing time and cost on the request form.
  • You will be required to pay for the printing cost in full at the time your printing request is placed.
  • There is NO GUARANTEE that all items will print successfully even if the review indicates it might; this printing is a process subject to mechanical, heating, weather and other conditions outside of Staff's control.
  • There will be NO REFUND once a 3D print job sent to print.
  • Library reserves the right to decline a printing request or cancel a printing job if the object may infringe copyright or contain abusive constituents.


# Do not expect 3D models are 100% fix, the accuracy of FDM 3D printing with PLA is +/- 0.4~0.5mm.

Picking up your printed model

  • You will be given an expected date and time for pickup after placing your request.
  • You are suggested to contact our staff  to make sure the printed object is ready for pickup beforehand.

3D Software