3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process where special printers assemble three-dimensional objects.
How does it work?
A special 3D design file is sent to the printer. The printer reads the file and squeezes out melting plastic through a robotic tip which moves back and forth to create an object layer by layer. Use the library's 3D printer to create replacement parts for unique items, prototypes for class projects or entirely new objects.
1. Create or Find a Design
3D printers work by reading special 3D design files in STL format. You can create your own design using 3D modeling programs or find your own. There are lots of resources to help you create or find a design.
Check out the Resources section below for a list of places where you can find or create your design.
2. Review Your Design
Check for errors in your design & estimate cost by downloading GrabCAD 3D slicing software.
2. Submit Your Design
Once your design is ready, complete the library's online form. You can either:
|PLEASE NOTE: We require at least 5 business days (M-F) for processing print requests.
Requests received after 12pm on Fridays will not be processed until the following Monday.
3. Pick-up Your Design and Pay
Once you submit your design, library staff will send you a cost estimate. Items cost $3.99 per cubic inch + $.40 flat fee at the Progress Library and 10 cents per gram at the Story Arts Library. Jobs are printed on a first-come, first-served basis and pick-up dates cannot be guaranteed. Library staff will email you when your print job is ready.
Check out the resources below to find a design, create a design, and learn more about the 3D printing world.
Sometimes you find an STL file you would like to print but it needs to be edited or repaired. Use the free editors below to repair your file. Learn more about these editors from Sculpteo.
Interested in using 3D printing in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Contact your Librarian, Muyi Ogunleye (firstname.lastname@example.org) for support and resources.
Use 3D printing in the classroom to: