Thanks to grant funding, the Library now boasts two 3D printers: the Prusa MK3S and the Monoprice Select Mini V2. The 3D printers will be used to continue the Library's mission of providing materials, programs, and services that enrich the lives of residents of all ages.
While 3D printing is not a new technology, it is only in recent years that 3D printers have been made available for general public use. Now any designer, from amateur to professional, can take designs they have created or downloaded from the Internet and create a three-dimensional object. The Library's 3D printers use a corn-based filament called PLA to create objects or "things." Although the Prusa and Monoprice printers are very advanced, it is limited in what it can create; for example, it cannot replicate a working gun.
The Library offers 3D-related programming for all ages. Click here for the schedule of Library programs. To begin designing 3D images, check out tinkercad.com, a web-based 3D modeling program, or get inspired from thousands of free designs on thingiverse.com.
To request a 3D print, please email your .stl file to email@example.com. Include your top three desired colors for your print - click here to see a list of colors currently available. The Library charges .25 cents per half hour your print time takes, and we will contact you before printing to confirm the estimated printing cost. Please allow 1-2 weeks for the object to get printed - the Library will contact you when your object is ready to be picked up. If you have any questions regarding the 3D printer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.