3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is any of various processes used to make a three-dimensional object from a digital file. Material (in our case plastic) is laid down in layers to build the object. The interior of the object is not filled with a solid; rather it has a honeycomb structure which keeps the object light while giving it strength.
The Library has a MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation); it uses polylactic acid filament (PLA). PLA is a bioplastic made from renewable resources such as corn starch.
Objects to print can be found on Thingiverse.com or you can create your own using 3-D modeling software such as:
- Tinkercad (free, online)
- 123Desgin (free, download)
- Sculptris (free, download)
- Blender (free, download)
- AutoDesk123D – suite of apps
You will need to download the file in .STL format onto a USB drive. You can preview and/or scale the object with MakerBot Desktop software. If you make changes, such as scaling, it will need saved again. Go to File -> Export -> Export and Save to USB drive.
Submit the Request for 3-D Printing below. Once your request has been received, a staff member will contact you to schedule a time for your print.
The library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. The public is not permitted to use the 3D printer to create items that are:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or pose a threat to the well-being of others.
- Obscene, sexually explicit, or inappropriate for the library environment as determined by library staff.
- In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer may not be used to reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent, or trademark.
The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
The 3-D printer will only be used by designated staff and volunteers.
The library is not responsible for the subsequent safety of any item made with the 3-D printer.
$0.20 per gram of filament used