Notice: The 3D Printing program is unavailable due to the pandemic. We will update this notice when the availability changes.
Library users can turn their digital files into jewelry, toys, household gadgets and other three-dimensional objects for free thanks to a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
2. Design or select your object
Library personnel can assist you with either the following 3D design applications or selecting an object to print:
Note: 3D printers don't like files that have large overhangs. Things in the shape of a tree, with wide tops and narrow bottoms, are more difficult to print.
3. Submit your design
Convert your file to the .stl format.
4. Email your .stl file to the Library (If possible, send your file 24 hours before your appointment so that a Librarian can evaluate the object to determine length of print time and likelihood of a successful print.)
You can use Makerbot Print Software to get an estimate of the object's print time.
5. Print your object with a Librarian during your scheduled appointment.
If you need to cancel your print appointment, please follow the “Cancel Appointment” link in the confirmation email you received when you made your appointment.
The printer uses PLA plastic filament that is corn-based and biodegradable. Our 3D printer can only print one color at a time.