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Give Your Creativity Dimension…Print in 3D

Get creative using our 3D printer. Choose designs from numerous websites, or create your own designs using open source CAD software. Bring your designs to us on a flash drive, and see your objects take shape. New to 3D printing? See when our next 3D printing class is or explore the 3D Design Online Tools and Help section below.

Get Started

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

  • Bring in your .STL or .OBJ file in on a flash drive.
  • One object / component in each .STL file.
  • Staff will review the file with you, provide a total cost, and prepare your print job.
  • Cost is 15¢ per gram of plastic with a $1.50 minimum.
  • Once your object is completed, we will contact you to pick it up.
  • Objects will be held for 7 days for pick up.

 

Tech Notes

  • Maximum size: 8 in. x 8 in. x 7.9 in.
  • Material:0
    • PLA plastic
    • PVA (supports only)
  • Printers:
    • Ultimaker3
  • Colors: 
    • Single Color
    • Two Color
  • Accepted file formats:
    • .STL
    • .OBJ

 

3D Rules

  • The printers may only be used for lawful purposes and be for objects appropriate for a public library environment.
  • Objects must not infringe upon any third party's intellectual property rights.
  • Object must not be illegal nor can they be construed as having the intent to harm.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any print request at the discretion of library staff.
  • The library will not save or retain submitted files after printing objects.
  • Staff will not modify or change models once submitted.
     

Some Common Questions

What colors are available?

The selection of colors is subject to availability. The library frequently has the following colors on hand:

  • white
  • red
  • blue
  • black
  • silver
  • yellow
 
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.

Beginning 3D Design

Adults and Teens Ages 13+
7:00 - 8:30 pm
4th floor, McCallum Room

This class is for participants new to using Tinkercad. It is recommended participants create a Tinkercad.com account before class.

In this class participants will learn how to:

  • Use Tinkercad.com to design a 3D model
  • Download a .STL file
  • Use the library's 3D printing service

Note: Due to the lengthy print times we will not be able to print your designs during class.

Class Dates:

  • April 12, 2018
  • June 14, 2018
  • July 12, 2018

 

Summary: 
Ages 13 and up

3D Design Online Tools and Help

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

Thingiverse - Find and download models other users have created and shared.

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.

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

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

MeshMixer - Clean up, modify, and sculpt 3D models. Perfect for separating objects into individual STL files. Video tutorials