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DIY 3D Printing

DIY 3D Printing

Do It Yourself 3D Printing

Come in, sit down, and print in 3D. Perhaps you are looking to gain some hands on experience and teach yourself more about 3D printing, or maybe you are looking to put some existing skills to use. The Library provides you access to a 3D printer you can use on your own.

New to 3D printing? Attend a 3D printing class or download our printable guide HERE.

Get Started:

Visit the 1st floor Ask Us desk to get started.

  • Bring in your .STL or .OBJ file on a flash drive or saved to your cloud storage.
  • Cost is 15 cents per gram of plastic.
  • Object must complete printing before close.
  • Recommended to design in millimeters.

3D Design Online Tools and Help

There are lot of freely available software and lessons available online. Here are a few:

Thingiverse - Find and download models other users have created and shared. Some models have the option to customise them so they suit your needs.

Tinkercad - The interactive lessons are perfect for the first time user! This free cloud based 3D modeling software will have you creating your own designs in just a few lessons.

FreeCAD - Advanced users will appreciate the power and depth of this software that can you download for free to your computer. Video tutorials

OnShape - Use either the cloud based software or as an app for iOS or Android devices. More sophisticated design tools than Tinkercad. Video tutorials

MeshMixer - Download this free software to sculpt, edit, and mix objects. Video tutorials

NASA - Take a look at NASA's selection of .stl files you can download and use for printing.

Simplify 3D - A great visual troubleshooting guide that covers all of the most common problems.

NetFabb - Fix models that have mesh errors and other flaws that prevent them from printing.

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