To support our goals of serving as a technology hub and providing lifelong learning opportunities, the library offers community access to new and emerging technologies. Our policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the library’s 3D printing service. View the complete 3D Print Policy.
Request a Print
Follow the procedure below to print from the library’s 3D printer.
- The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Creating a new design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products. Video tutorials that accompany CAD programs can be of assistance.
- Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl file format.
- Online software such as TinkerCad may be used to create a design.
- Digital designs are available for download online using file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.
Submit Your Design for Printing
- Use our 3D-Print-Form or email a file in .stl or .obj file format (no larger than 10MB) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing, please add 3D print to the subject line and include your name and contact information in your email.
- When demand for the printer is high, patrons will be limited one print per person per day.
- Files will be reviewed by the library, then readied for printing in FlashPrint or other authorized software.
- Wait times/printing times will vary. Library staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request.
Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printers are subject to change.
3D Printer – a printer that uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer.
3D Printing – the process of making a physical object from a digital model.
CAD – Computer Assisted Drawing