To submit files for 3D printing, bring an .STL file on a USB flash drive or you may submit it online using the 3D Printing form.
3D Printer Policies and Procedures
The Library desires to offer community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community to bring their creations to life. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the Library’s 3D printer.
The Library’s 3D printer is available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.
- The Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
- In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
- The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
- Cost: 3D printing at the Library is $.10 per gram of filament.
- Only designated Library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
The procedure for printing from the Library’s 3D printer is as follows:
- Design creation:
- The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Creating a new design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products. Video tutorials that accompany CAD programs can be of assistance.
- Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format.
- The Library has computers with AutoCAD and Photoshop software that may be used to create a design.
- Digital designs also are available from various file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.com.
- Submitting a design for printing:
- Persons wanting to use the 3D printer shall bring their file (in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format) (no larger than 25MB) to the DesignSpot during open hours. Staff will add the model to the printing queue.
- If there is high demand, the Library will schedule only one print per day per person or entity.
- The files will be readied for printing in MakerWare or other authorized software. The Library will view all files in MakerWare or other authorized software before printing.
- Wait/pickup time: Items may be picked up at the DesignSpot. It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times. Library staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request.
- Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printers are subject to change.
- 3D printing: the process of making a physical object from a digital model.
- 3D Printer: A 3D printer uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer.
- CAD: Computer Assisted Drawing