Some Common Questions
What colors are available?
The selection of colors is subject to availability. The library frequently has the following colors on hand:
How long does it take?
Normally the library will be able to complete print requests in 1 week. We will add your request to our print queue and contact you as soon as the item is ready for pick up.
How large is 10 grams of plastic?
The weight of an object depends upon how hollow or solid an object is designed and printed. Feel free to stop by the library with your .stl or .obj file and we can give you an estimate of weight and cost. You can also download Cura that will give you weight estimates.
My object has multiple parts. Should I submit them as a single file or each as separate file?
You should submit each part or component of your object as a separate file. This allows the library to optimize the print settings for each component. Use MeshMixer to separate objects into individual STL files (instructions).
Can I estimate the weight of my objects at home?
You can download Cura, the same free software the library uses to estimate weight for pricing.
Can the library re-size my object for me?
During the design process users should refine the exact dimensions before exporting as a .stl or .obj file. Resizing designs once you are at the library is not reliable as library staff’s ability to edit is limited and can introduce complications. We recommend designing your object in millimeters for best results.
Can my object be printed in multiple colors?
Each .STL file can be printed in one color. For a single object to be printed in two colors, you will need to group the elements of the object into two groups in your design software. Export each of the two groupings as a separate .STL files. At the library, staff will assist with assigning each of the two files a color and merging them back together into a single object.