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Technology & Equipment Policies

3D Printing Policy

The 3D printing request service is available to UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff for academic use only. The use of our services for commercial purposes is prohibited. Those who request this service must do so in compliance with all of the laws, regulations, and policies set forth by UNC Charlotte and J. Murrey Atkins Library. 

Consultation

For questions about the 3D printing policy and procedures or to schedule a consultation, contact atkinstechsupport@uncc.edu. Consultations are recommended for faculty who are interested in implementing 3D prints in their curriculum.

Print Requests

All print requests need to be made through the 3D Print Request Form. Requests are processed in the order received.

You may choose up to five copies of the same file per request form. Copies will be identical in size, color, scale, and any other design specification defined by your digital model. If you choose to have multiple copies made, you must allow additional time for each copy. For more than five copies of the same file, fill out an additional request form.

Library staff reserves the right to decline a print request for reasons that include, but not limited to, incompatible file format, corrupt file, or oversized file or print.

Acceptable Formats

All print requests must include a digital model file. The following are the only acceptable formats for print requests:

  • .STL
  • .OBJ

If you are unsure about the format of your digital file or its compatibility with our 3D printers, consult with an Area 49 team member before submitting a request. If your file is corrupt, too large, or otherwise unprintable, library staff will not be able to complete the print request.

User Rights and Limitations

J. Murrey Atkins Library stands behind and supports intellectual freedom and creative expression. However, the use and/or request of the 3D printer must be for lawful purposes only. The Library’s user behavior and acceptable use policies apply to all uses of the 3D printer and 3D prints. The Library prohibits any use of the 3D printer for illegal purposes, including the creation of items that are prohibited by local, state, or federal law, or by any UNC Charlotte policy. In particular, the Library prohibits use of the 3D printers to create weapons, facsimiles or replicas of weapons, parts of weapons, ammunition, or any other objects that could endanger, intimidate, or cause injury to another person. The Library reserves the right to decline any print request for any reason. 

Copyright

Print requests must comply with the Copyright Policy maintained by the J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte. This policy outlines the unlawful, restricted, and unfair use of copyrighted materials and any use that violates intellectual property rights.  

Materials

Our 3D printers use PLA (polylactic acid) filament to create 3D models. You may choose from the Library’s supply of filament; we are unable to accept filament provided by patrons at this time.

We will attempt to maintain a consistent variety of colors available for prints; however, color options cannot be guaranteed.  

Cost

The cost of 3D printing is based on the size and amount of filament needed to print an object. Charges also factor in cost of supplies, time, labor, and maintenance. The cost for a 3D print is $0.25 per gram.* There is a minimum cost of $1.00. Rates may change without notice.

A free cost estimate is provided upon receipt of your request. You are responsible for full payment of your object. Payment is due at the time of pickup. Acceptable forms of payment include:

  • Cash
  • Credit

*Rates are subject to change without notice. 

Print Quality and Reprints

Library staff will take measures to ensure that the 3D printer performs to the specifications of the file submitted. The quality of a printed object may depend on the type of digital model and/or file you choose. When using community-shared repositories, like Thingiverse, quality of digital model/file cannot be guaranteed.

In instances where the 3D print fails as a result of printer failure, library staff will reprint the object at no extra cost. However, dissatisfaction with design, size, color, quality, and/or other factors beyond the control of library staff will not qualify for a cost-free reprint.

Please be aware of the capabilities of our 3D printers to ensure the success of your project.

Print Pickup

You will receive an email once your 3D print is ready for pickup. 3D prints must be paid for and picked up at the Circulation Desk within 7 days of notification, after which the Library no longer assumes responsibility for your print. Failure to pick up your print within 7 days will result in the cost being charged to your account as a library fine.

You must present your ID in order to pick up your 3D print. Only the person that initiated the print request (via print request form) may pay for and pick up a 3D print.

Large Format Printing Policy

The large format print request service is available to UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff for academic use only. The use of our services for commercial purposes is prohibited. Those who request this service must do so in compliance with all of the laws, regulations, and policies set forth by UNC Charlotte and J. Murrey Atkins Library. 

Print Request

All large format print requests should be made through the Large Format Print Request Form. Requests are processed in the order they are received. Please allow a 24-48 hour turnaround time.

Acceptable Formats

Upload your file to the request form in one of the following formats:

  • .jpg
  • .ppt (PowerPoint)
  • .pdf

Please note that certain PowerPoint fonts saved on a Mac may change when opened on a PC. To ensure the desired look of your print, use an embedded font or avoid using specialty fonts.

Size

Print dimensions must be indicated in inches. The maximum print width is 36 inches.

Cost

Payment is due at the time of pickup. We currently accept payment in either cash or credit. Cost is determined by the length of your print per linear foot. (A linear foot is equal to 12 inches, measured lengthwise.) The cost for large format printing is as follows:

  • $1.80 per linear foot (B&W)*
  • $6.00 per linear foot (Color)*

*Rates are subject to change without notice.

User Rights and Limitations

J. Murrey Atkins Library stands behind and supports intellectual freedom and creative expression. However, the use and/or request of the plotter printer must be used for lawful purposes only. The Library’s user behavior and acceptable use policies apply to all uses of the plotter printer and large format prints. The Library prohibits any use of the plotter printer for illegal purposes, which includes the creation of materials that are prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Copyright

Print requests must comply with the Copyright Policy maintained by the J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte. This policy outlines the unlawful, restricted, and unfair use of copyrighted materials and any use that violates intellectual property rights. 

Print Quality and Reprints

Library staff will take measures to ensure that the plotter printer performs to the specifications of the your file. However, the quality of a large format print may depend on the format, size, quality and other specifications of your file.

In instances where the large format print fails as a result of printer failure, library staff will reprint at no extra cost. However, dissatisfaction with design, size (if printed as directed), color, quality, and/or other factors beyond the control of library staff will not qualify for a cost-free reprint. 

Print Job Pickup

You will receive an email once your large format print is ready for pickup. Prints must be paid for and picked up at the Circulation Desk within 7 days of notification, after which the Library no longer assumes responsibility for your print. Failure to pick up your print within 7 days will result in the cost being charged to your account as a library fine.

You must present your ID in order to pick up your print. Only the person who initiated the print request (via the print request form) may pay for and pick up a print.  

Laptops & iPads Policy

Circulation Loan Period:

  • Laptops and iPads circulate to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte students

  • UNC Charlotte ID must be presented for checkout. Temporary UNCC ID's are not accepted.

  • Laptops and iPads circulate for a twenty four hour loan period with no renewals

  • There is a four hour wait before next check out for the same patron

  • If you return a laptop for someone else, you will still have a four hour wait before being able to check out another laptop

Circulation Fines:

Laptop and iPad fines are $1.00 per hour or any part of an hour

Circulation Replacement Costs:

  • Patrons are responsible for the entire cost if the laptop or iPad is damaged, lost, or stolen while in your possession.
  • Each item required to use the laptop or iPad will be priced separately i.e. power adaptor is separate from laptop.
  • Current Replacement Costs for Laptops are shown on the laptop screen when the computer is turned on. 

Technical Specifications:

  • Laptops are wired- and wireless- capable
  • Additional software includes the Microsoft suite:
    • Access

    • Excel

    • OneNote

    • PowerPoint

    • Publisher

    • Word 

Patron work can be saved to the hard drive

Makerspace Policy

The Atkins Makerspace is on the second floor of J. Murrey Atkins Library, and is open to all current UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff. The space is equipped for all kinds of making, and contains equipment and materials such as 3D printers, a laser cutter, desktop CNC routers, sewing machines, paints, wood, circuitry kits, textiles, and more.

Visit Make.UNCC.edu to learn about makerspaces all across campus. 

Access & Training

Basic Use

Before using the Makerspace, all users will sign the Atkins Makerspace Safety and Use Agreement.

Machine Use

Training

If you wish to operate a Makerspace machine, you must undergo a training session. After your first training, you will receive a training badge, which will keep track of all machines you have been trained on. To use a machine, show your badge to the Makerspace Monitor. You will receive a color-coded lanyard that gives you authorization for the machine at that time. You will be responsible for the machine until you return the lanyard.

A list of all trainings and workshops and registration details can be found on the Technology Instruction page. If you have been trained on the same machine at the CCI Makerspace or RōFL, you may provide proof of training as an alternative to training at this site.

Reserving Machine Time

Any machine requiring extended use time, such as the 3D printers, the CNC milling machines, and the laser cutter, must be reserved in the Group Study system. You will gain access to the schedules for these machines once you undergo trainings.

Master Maker Level

After training on all machines and demonstrating proficiency, you may request “Master Maker” status. Master Makers will have card access and use of the Makerspace outside of regular operating hours. Priority is given to academic and/or research projects. If you are interested in this level of access, please speak to the Makerspace Monitor.

Safety

  • Ensure that all tools are cooled and off before stepping away or storing items.
  • Remove personal items that could become entangled when operating equipment. Tie back long hair.
  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Modification of tools and equipment is prohibited.
  • Use the supplied protective gear listed near each machine when producing dust, particles, shavings, or heat.
  • Food and drink are not allowed inside the room, with the exception of closed water bottles.
  • All accidents, including minor injuries and hazardous conditions or activities, must be reported immediately to Makerspace staff.
  • All Makerspace materials, services, and products are provided by Atkins Library on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any sort, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. If something is broken or not fit for use, alert Makerspace staff. Items can often be repaired, but in some cases, replacement cost fines may apply.

Code of Conduct

All users should comply with the UNC Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity, Code of Student Responsibility, and all other UNC Charlotte policies. In addition, we ask that all users follow the guidelines below for continued use of the Atkins Makerspace.

Atkins Makerspace users must:

  • Attend appropriate training for any equipment used;
  • Contact staff for equipment repair or troubleshooting;
  • Use tools and equipment only for their intended purposes with approved materials;
  • Pay for items that require payment;
  • Ensure that all items are cooled before storing;
  • Remove personal files from storage cards and machine memory;
  • Remove all personal items from the Makerspace. We do not provide storage space for created objects, but if your project requires drying or setting time, speak with the Makerspace Monitor for accommodations.

Atkins Makerspace users must not:

  • Make or reproduce weapons, drug paraphernalia, illegal objects, or any accessory or component related to the above; 
  • Make or reproduce any copyrighted, patented, or trademarked items;
  • Sell items made in the Makerspace.

 

Fees

There are no fees associated with using the Makerspace tools and equipment, but users will pay for selected consumable supplies, such as 3D filament. Payment will be collected at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Makerspace Fees
Item Cost
3D Printer Filament $0.25 per gram ($1 minimum)
Vinyl $1.00 per linear foot
Large Format Printing (B&W) $1.80 per linear foot
Large Format Printing (Color) $6.00 per linear foot
Wood Sheets $0.10 per square inch
Wood Blocks $0.15 per cubic inch
Tile $0.20 per square inch
Cardboard Free!

If you have any questions, please email atkinstechsupport@uncc.edu or talk with a Makerspace Monitor.

 

Visualization Lab Policy

The Visualization Lab is designed to support large-scale visualization and collaborative, technology-rich research projects. Located on the second floor of the J. Murrey Atkins Library, room 244, the lab is equipped with a 86.5"x284" widescreen display, two Panasonic projectors, an Alienware PC, an HTC Vive virtual reality system, a Dell PC, and an Epson Short-throw Projector with interactive SmartBoard/Laptop combo. The space and equipment are conducive to supporting and exhibiting cross-disciplinary research projects, digital scholarship activities, data analysis and visualization, GIS, virtual reality, and more.

Visit the Visualization Lab page on our LibGuide for instructions on using the technology and to see possible layouts for the space. 

Orientation & Training

Before using the Visualization Lab, you will need to attend a technology orientation. Please review the Technology Instruction page for upcoming orientation sessions. If you are in need of a training session outside of the lab’s scheduled times or require more in-depth training or consultation, please contact atkinstechsupport@uncc.edu.

There are two types of orientations:

1. Basic Orientation

  • After this orientation, you will be able to navigate the Alienware PC and operate basic room functions, such as the projectors, lights, and sound. This orientation is ideal for those who are only interested in using the room for a presentation, meeting, or event.

  • Once you have completed this orientation, you will be added to the list of approved users able to request the space for presentations, meetings, and events.

  • This orientation may be scheduled for the 15 minutes before the use of the room, as long as both the host and the Digital Pedagogy & Emerging Technologies Librarian are available.

 

2. Full Orientation

 

  • This orientation covers all information given in the partial orientation, but adds the SmartBoard, HTC Vive, and basic troubleshooting for the Alienware PC. This orientation is ideal for those who wish to use the room for research, analysis, display, gaming, collaboration, and more.
  • Once you have completed this orientation, you will be added to the list of approved users for independent use beyond presentations, meetings, and events.
  • These 1-hour orientations are given once per month, but may be scheduled outside of these times for specific research or departmental needs, upon request.

 

Scheduling the Visualization Lab

Once you have undergone one of the two orientations, you may begin scheduling time in the Visualization Lab by emailing the Digital Pedagogy and Emerging Technologies Librarian. Once your reservation is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email and a Google Calendar invite confirming your reservation. To cancel your reservation, decline the Google Calendar invitation.

To view the times the Visualization Lab is available, UNC Charlotte users may access a limited version of the calendar through this Google Calendar link.

At the time of your reservation, please check in with your UNC Charlotte ID card at the Technology Support Desk on the second floor of Atkins Library.

Card swipe and calendar access are available to Atkins Library employees only. 

Presentations & Workshops

In order for potential and current users to consider the possibilities for using the Visualization Lab space, its technologies, and its associated practices, we offer the following presentations and workshops.

Please note that these workshops and presentations are conducted by the Digital Pedagogy & Emerging Technologies Librarian. The Subject Librarian for your discipline will be invited to contribute additional expertise.

Introductory Presentation

This is a 20-45-minute presentation designed to introduce the concept of a visualization lab, present the technology in the room, and view example projects that use such technologies and may spark ideas. The length of the presentation is dependent on available time and the depth of information and examples requested.

Ideation Sessions

Ideation sessions can be set up for individual users or research groups, or can be expanded to include entire departments or classes. In an ideation session, attendees will consider how they might use the technology in the Visualization Lab or incorporate practices associated with the technology.

Though an ideation session can be of any length, it is best paired with a quick introductory presentation when users have not yet been introduced to the technology. In these cases, it is best to allow at least an hour for the entire session.

Class Workshops

Similar to research instruction sessions facilitated by subject librarians, this workshop allows students to interact with concepts related to Visualization Lab, such as design thinking, critical thinking, the basics of digital scholarship, and collaboration. Class workshops will be designed around the needs and goals for your specific course.

Instructors wishing to reserve the Visualization Lab may contact the Digital Pedagogy and Emerging Technologies Librarian and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

For questions, contact the Technology Support Desk at 704.687.6028 or atkinstechsupport@uncc.edu.

Early College Use of Area 49 & Library Technology

Area 49 Spaces

Students in the Early College High School may use Area 49 spaces, but must be accompanied by an Early College supervisor, who will be responsible for operating the technology and booking the spaces or machines. A number of instructors will be trained for these purposes. Students are welcome to attend room and machine trainings to learn about the technology and associated concepts, but must also be accompanied by an Early College supervisor.

Atkins Library Technology Checkouts

Early College students may check out technology with the signed consent of a parent or guardian. Consent forms will be distributed and kept by the Early College. Any student without parental consent will be unable to check out technology will receive a note in their library account notifying library employees of the restriction. This consent can be changed at any time by alerting Early College High School representatives and filling out a replacement form. Otherwise, this form will be considered active for the entirety of the student’s time with the Early College High School, regardless of the student’s age.

  • Fines for Atkins technology are $1 per hour. Replacement costs for lost or damaged items depend on the item needing to be replaced, and may reflect the cost of the entire item if a part cannot be replaced separately. Some Atkins technology is valued up to $3000. Parents are ultimately responsible for paying fines accrued by their Early College High School student, and any unpaid fines will be forwarded to the student’s UNC Charlotte student account, which can limit other university transactions.
  • Loan periods range from 3 hours to 7 days, and some items can be renewed online up to two times before they are late.
  • Loanable technology includes video games that have ratings from Everyone to Mature, technology with unmonitored internet access, and circuitry kits with components that conduct electricity.

 

Photogrammetry Lab Policy

The Photogrammetry Lab is designed to support digital 3D modeling of real-world objects using photographs. Located on the first floor of J. Murrey Atkins Library, room 101E, the lab is equipped with a Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR camera, tripod, Francierstudio Chromakey lighting kit with two 800 watt lights, 10’ x12’ white backdrop, manual turntable, and PC with Agisoft Metashape software. The space and equipment allow the user to photograph an object and process the photographs into a digital 3D model using photogrammetry software.

Visit the Photogrammetry Lab page on our LibGuide for instructions on how to use the technology and software available in the lab and  for an introduction to photogrammetry. 

Orientation & Training

Before using the Photogrammetry Lab, you will need to be trained on the equipment and software in the space. Training can be scheduled by contacting the Technology and Digital Strategies Assistant to set up a time for an individual or small group (up to 3 people) session. 

This 1-hour training includes:

  • A brief introduction to photogrammetry and how this technique can be used to create 3D models;
  • An overview of how to operate the camera and lighting setup to take your photographs;
  • How to prepare and upload your photographs into Metashape software and process them into a 3D model;
  • How to save and export your 3D model for editing, 3D printing, or other uses.

Once you have completed this training, you will be added to the list of approved users able to reserve and use the space.

Scheduling the Photogrammetry Lab

Once you have undergone the training, you may begin scheduling time in the Photogrammetry Lab by emailing the Technology and Digital Strategies Assistant. Once your reservation is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email and a Google Calendar invite confirming your reservation. To cancel your reservation, decline the Google Calendar invitation.

At the time of your reservation, the Technology and Digital Strategies Assistant will meet you at the Photogrammetry Lab to provide access to the room.

Presentations & Workshops

If you are unfamiliar with photogrammetry or 3D modeling, the following sessions are available to introduce the techniques and concepts of photogrammetry. These presentations and workshops are conducted by the Technology and Digital Strategies Assistant. 

Introduction & Ideation Session

This 30 to 60-minute session is designed to introduce the concepts of photogrammetry, present the technology in the lab, view example projects, and spark ideas for use of this technology. Attendees will consider how they might use photogrammetry in their research or instruction. The length of the session depends on available time and the depth of information and examples requested. This session can include 1-3 participants and the Subject Librarian for your discipline may be invited to contribute additional expertise.

Photogrammetry Workshops

This 1-hour workshop takes place outside of the Photogrammetry Lab allowing larger groups to be introduced to photogrammetry techniques and the equipment and software available in Area 49. This workshop can be adapted for specific classes or projects. Instructors interested in adapting this workshop for their class may contact the Technology and Digital Strategies Assistant and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

 

 

 

Technology & Equipment Policies