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What kind of 3D printer does the library use?

The Library’s 3D printer is a 5th Generation MakerBot Replicator. The MakerBot has a steel chassis and body panels made of PVC plastic. It includes a glass build plate, an on-board camera, and uses PLA filament.

Materials

The Library’s 3D printer uses plastic made from corn starch called Polylactic Acid (PLA). Because PLA is plant-based, it biodegrades over time when exposed to continuous moisture. You can view available colors on our display ring.

Pricing

We charge $1.00 per hour. We charge a minimum charge of $1.00 per print job.  Academic projects are $0.50 per hour.

Timing

One hour or more is common for small objects.  For multipart or larger objects it may take days. Depending on the number of print jobs in the queue, we aim to complete a job with 7 days of drop-off. We will contact you by phone or email when your project is completed.

Limitations

Failed prints are common. Maximum size 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in. We can only print projects in one color at this time. We only accept .STL files. Files must be on a flash drive.  
We do not edit your model except to downsize to the maximum size. We do not clean your models after it is completed. The printer cannot print layers without materials below for support, it can only build up at a 45-degree angle. Talk with us to improve the chance of success when 3D printing your models.

Design Your Own Models

You can use any 3D modeling software—3ds Max, Blender, SolidWorks, Tinkercad, AutoCAD, Google Scketchup, etc. as long as it can export the model to an .STL file.

Academic projects are given priority.

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