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3D Printer

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.

Using the 3D Printer

  • Available during regular Library hours.
  • Only objects that take less than four hours will be printed. The Library will only be able to accommodate a two-hour print job for evening appointments.
  • You must be present at the beginning of your 3D printing appointment.
    • We will hold your object for seven days if you cannot be there to see it finish.
  • Printing weapons is prohibited. We reserve the right to refuse any print request.

What Steps Do I Need to Take to Print?

1. Schedule your print session

  • Appointment calendar can only be viewed 10 weeks in advance.
  • You may sign up to use the printer once every 10 weeks.
  • You may only be signed up for one appointment at a time.
  • Librarians reserve the right to enforce these guidelines.

2. Design or select your object

Library personnel can assist you with either the following 3D design applications or selecting an object to print:

  • SketchUp Make - Free desktop software for designing 3D objects
  • Tinkercad - Free online browser-based application for designing 3D objects
  • Thingiverse - Free objects to download for 3D printing

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.

How Do I Cancel an 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.

3D Printer Type

  • MakerBot Replicator 2

The printer uses PLA plastic filament that is corn-based and biodegradable. Our 3D printer can only print one color at a time.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2021