RESERVE, CREATE, ENJOY!
Make toys, household objects, office supplies, models and more.

How Does It Work?

Choose your design.
Create your own basic object at Tinkercad.com, a free browser-based site. MakerBot and Blender (advanced) software are available on computers in the 3D printer area. MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com is one of several open platform sites where 3D printable items may be created, remixed and shared.

Read and follow our 3D printing policy.
Here’s what you need to know:

• Prints may be no larger than 227 x 148 x 150 mm (8.9 x 5.8 x 5.9 in).
• Colors are limited. We cannot guarantee that prints will be available in requested color.
• Patrons will be contacted when their print is ready to pick up, and must be picked up within 7 days. After 7 days the 3D print becomes library property.
• Patrons are responsible for ensuring their 3D design is properly prepared.
• Patron is responsible for ensuring prints do not violate another’s intellectual property rights.
• The library’s 3D printer may only be used for lawful purposes. Visit our website for a list of prohibited items.

Requests submitted will be reviewed by library staff, and the library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Upload your STL file to our online database.

Pick up your print.
You will be notified by phone or email when your print is ready to be picked up. You will have 7 days after notification to pick up your print. When you come to the library check the holds shelf, where you will find a placeholder for your 3D print. Bring the placeholder to library staff at the circulation or central desk, where you will receive your print.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
3D printing is FREE at your library!

What if I need more help?
The library offers 3D Design & Printer Meet-ups to provide information on the basics of 3D design and printing. Register online, call 758-6600 or visit the Information Desk for more information. Staff offer limited assistance with the 3D printer at other times.

How long will printing take?
Printing times vary depending on the size and complexity of the object. Smaller objects take 20 minutes, whereas larger objects may take several hours.

What colors are available?
Currently our colors are limited red, white and blue. When you submit your design to our database, you will have the opportunity to select your color. Please note that soem colors may not be available and substitutions may need to be made.

Online Resources 

Lynda
Online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

TinkerCAD
Browser based program where you can design your own 3D models.

Thingiverse
Download 3D models that others have designed and shared for public use.

Instructables
Online resource featuring tutorials for a variety of projects.
Search for "Tinkercad" or "3D modeling" to find tutorials that guide you through the 3D modeling process.



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