3D Printing

Did you know the library has two 3D printers? We house one at the technology center for the adults to use and one in the Teen Room for our teens!

So, what can you print? Well just about anything you can think of! Obviously, there are some things that we can’t print since our 3D printer is only so big!

So, how do you print? There are two different ways for you to print. The first is by going to thingiverse.com and searching for different premade designs. They have a plethora of different designs for you to choose from. Or option two, you can design your own 3D print! Once you find or create what you want to print, save it to a jump drive as a .3mf or .stl file. The only file type we cannot print is a .gcode. If you are at the library we have a drive for you to use or you can bring in your drive for us to print it. Then you pick what type of color filament you want.

Does it cost? There is a $0.10 per gram charge when using the 3D printer and you do need to pay for your print before we’ll print it. We’ll be able to tell you how much your print will be when you bring it in and once you pick out your filament.

So, how long does it take to print and when will it be ready? We might not print your print right away depending on how many prints are in front of yours and how long your print will take since we don’t let the printer run when we are closed. We’ll be able to tell you how long it will take when you bring it in.

What now? Then, wa-lah! Once we finish printing your design, we will call you and you can come pick up your print!