The library introduces new technologies to the community and provides opportunities for residents to experiment with technology as well as receive instruction and assistance. That's why we have a 3D printer available for you. Funded by the Library Foundation.
USING THE 3D PRINTER
We apologize, but due to a higher volume in print requests it can take up to two weeks or longer to process your request.
To use the 3D printer, fill out a printing request form. Please keep the following things in mind before you submit your request:
- Files should be in STL format (.stl).
- The printer can accommodate files up to 11.2 L X 6.0 W X 6.1 H
- A maximum of 12 hours will be allowed for each print job.
- Due to popularity and time limits we can only accept one request at a time.
- Please allow 1-2 weeks for your file to be printed
- You will be notified by email when your print is complete.
- A charge of .10 cents per gram with a minimum charge of $1.00 per request.
- Print jobs must be picked up within two weeks or the cost of the print job will be added to your library account.
- Pay and pick-up finished jobs at the Check Out and Card Services Desk.
- Print job must be picked up before submitting another form.
- The library is not responsible for failed 3D prints, although we will do our best to assist in completing successful 3D prints.
We use and recommend Tinkercad, a free, web based 3D design tool, for beginner designers that includes lessons or short tutorials to learn the many features available to users. You'll need a valid email address to sign up. You also can try SketchUp and Autodesk 123D. Both require downloading the free software.
Get free .stl file designs from Thingiverse, an online community for 3D printing. Search by keyword, or browse collections and categories for a design of your interest. The STL file is available for download. Other 3D file sites
GETTING INTO 3D DESIGN & PRINTING
- Lynda.com- Online video instruction. Search (3D Printing, 3D Design or Tinkercad) or browse for a topic.
- Books on 3D Design
- 3D Printing for Beginners
- Cookie Cutter Class Handout
OUR 3D PRINTER POLICY
If you have more questions about what you can and cannot do with our 3D printers, please consult our 3D Printing policy
IPPL Printer FAQ
What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. An object is literally built layer upon layer.
How is 3D Printing Used?
3D printing is used in a variety of fields, from DIYers with desktop printers to corporations using commercial printers to create prototypes of new products and customized items.
How does the 3D printer work?
The MakerBot Replicator 2 makes solid, three dimensional objects out of melted MakerBot PLA Filament. Your 3D design files are translated into instructions for the MakerBot printer. The printer heats the PLA Filament and squeezes it out through a nozzle to make a solid object layer by layer. This method is called Fused Filament Fabrication.
How much does it cost to print something?
.10 cents per gram with a minumum charge of $1.00.
Can I bring in a file and watch it being printed now?
If you fill out the form today, it may or may not get printed right away. Print Jobs can take from 20 minutes to 8 hours or longer. Due to the amount of time it takes to print, the amount of requests received and staff availability we can not guarantee your print job will be ready on a specific day. You will be contacted when your print is available for pick up.
Can I use the 3D printer and print it myself?
Our Technology Services Staff are the ones that will do the actual print. Once you turn in your file, they will print it for you.
What kinds of objects can I print?
Anything except offensive material or weapons. We review every object file before it is printed. See 3D printer Policy.
How can I turn in a 3D print file?
You can submit using this form linked on this page.
How big of an object can I print?
The 3D printer has a print area of 11.2 inches length x 6 inches high x 6.1 inches wide.
Printing is done by library staff. Priority is given to library programs and events.