The library has 3D printers that reproduce digital files as solid physical objects. Find out how to submit your files and take advantage of this technology. To use one of our 3D printers, fill out a printing request form.
About Our 3D Printers
The library has three MakerBot Sketch 3D printers for our free 3D printing service. The printers reside in the Studio and are managed by the Experiential Learning Team. We use PLA filament for all 3D print requests and the Sketch printers have an enclosed printing platform.
Using our 3D Printers
Our 3D printing service is an introduction to additive manufacturing technology for hobby-level experiences. We will do our best to accommodate your requests and specifications though we cannot guarantee a particular level of precision.
Before you submit your request, keep review the following rules:
- Print requests are free.
- You may submit two prints request per month (1 file per request).
- Files should be in STL format (.stl).
- You can watch a video on how to submit.
- Our printers can accommodate files up to 5.75” x 5.75” x 5.75” [146mm x 146mm x 146mm].
- A maximum of four hours is allowed for each print job.
- We cannot accommodate requests for specific colors.
- Files will be printed as submitted. We will contact you if your item needs to be scaled down to fit the time limit.
- We will call or email you when your print is complete. You may then pick up your item from the library's Studio. If you prefer, you can ask to pick up your item from the bookmobile. Items need to be picked up within one week after we notify you they are ready.
- The library is not responsible for failed 3D prints, although we will do our best to assist in completing successful 3D prints.
- The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
Completed 3D prints may have rafts and supports attached. Here's how to clean them:
The library’s 3D printer may not be used to create weapons or materials that:
- Are prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
- Are unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or that pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
- Are inappropriate for the library environment.
- Violate another person’s property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce objects or materials that are subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
The library will not be liable for functional failure of, or injuries or property damage caused by, objects or materials made through the use of our 3D printer. We strongly recommend that the 3D printer not be used to make objects that could prove harmful or that would result in significant cost to the user if they fail.
We recommend Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D design tool for beginner designers that includes lessons and short tutorials on available features. You will need a valid email address to sign up.
Free STL files
You can get free designs from Thingiverse, an online community for 3D printing. Search by keyword, or browse collections and categories for design options. The STL file is available for download.