3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is any of various processes used to make a three-dimensional object from a digital file. Material (in our case plastic) is laid down in layers to build the object. The interior of the object is not filled with a solid; rather it has a honeycomb structure which keeps the object light while giving it strength.
The Library has Afinia H800 and Lulzbot Taz 6 3-D Printers. We mostly use PLA (polyactic acid filament). PLA is a boiplastic made from renewable resources such as corn starch. We also have some ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and specialty filaments. We have a variety of colors of filament, you can choose your color when you bring your print into the library.
You will need to download the file in .STL format onto a USB drive.
Submit the Request for 3-D Printing below. Once your request has been received, a staff member will contact you to schedule a time for your print. You can discuss color choices when you schedule your print as different colors are available at different branches.
The library’s 3-D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. The public is not permitted to use the 3-D printer to create items that are:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or pose a threat to the well-being of others.
- Obscene, sexually explicit, or inappropriate for the library environment as determined by library staff.
- In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer may not be used to reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent, or trademark.
The library reserves the right to refuse any 3-D print request.
The 3-D printer will only be used by designated staff and volunteers.
The library is not responsible for the subsequent safety of any item made with the 3-D printer.
$0.20 per gram of filament used