3-D Printing

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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.

Procedure

Objects to print can be found on Thingiverse.com or you can create your own using 3-D modeling software such as:

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.

Guidelines

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.

Cost

$0.20 per gram of filament used

 

Request for 3-D Printing

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