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.
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.
We charge $1.00 per hour. We charge a minimum charge of $1.00 per print job. Academic projects are $0.50 per hour.
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.
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.
Persons wanting to use the 3D printer shall email their file or website link to the Young Adult Librarian at email@example.com.
To access the detailed 3D Printing Policy, visit page 37 of our Policies page.