3D Printing

You can now print a 3D object on the library's new 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2. The MakerBot allows Indian Prairie Library members to take designs they have created or downloaded from the Internet and create logo_web3-dimensional objects in plastic.

Thank you to the Indian Prairie Library Foundation for generously donating the 3D printer. Adding the MakerBot to our services supports the library's strategic initiatives of fostering life-long learning and enriching lives through technology. The library is excited to offer our community members this unique opportunity to try new technology, further their creativity, and to make their designs.

Printing is available on a first come, first served basis and is done by library staff. Priority printing is given to library programs and events.

The library reserves the right to not print an item due to content. Weapons or items that are offensive will not be printed. The library does assume any responsibility for the use of the object printed.

Requirements for submitting print


  • Starting September 1, 2014 the charge is .10 cents per gram minium charge $1.00.
  • File must be submitted in .makerbot, .obj, .stl,  Some files may not be able to be converted to print.
  • Object must be smaller than 9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in inches
  • Only one print request at a time will be accepted. (Print job must be picked up before submitting another print request)
  • Due to the popularity of the printer we can only print items that require less than 12 hours printing time
  • Search or browse for objects ready to print or customize. Try Thingiverse, MakerBot's free design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable objects. Here are more 3D file sites
  • Design your own 3D object using 3D modeling software. Try Tinkercad a simple 3D design application, which is great for all ages and does not require any downloading. Additional 3D software
  • For more information on 3D printing visit our FAQ section, policy,  books, or visit 3dprintingforbeginners.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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At this time it is free. Starting September 1, 2014 there will be a charge.

{/slider}{slider=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.



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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.

{/slider}{slider=What kinds of objects can I print?}Anything except offensive material or weapons. We review every object file before it is printed.

{/slider}{slider=How can I turn in a 3D print file? } You can submit using this form linked on this page.

{/slider}{slider=How big of an object can I print? } The 3D printer has a print area of 11 inches length x 6 inches high x 6 inches wide.

{/slider}{slider=What colors can I print in?} We have PLA filament in the following colors: blue, black, green, grey, purple, red, white and clear. The printer will only print an object in one color.