The resources provided below will help explain the core concepts of 3D Printers, 3D Models, and software.
What is a 3D Printer?
A 3D printer is a device that creates solid objects from a 3D model file by building layer upon layer using types of plastic.
Who can use the 3D Printer?
Resident/Patrons may use the 3D printer. A liability waiver form must be signed before using the equipment; for persons under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the waiver.
Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times when using the 3D printer.
How Do I Reserve a Timeslot?
Appointments may be made in person, on the phone and online.
Must I Have Any Special Knowledge to Use the 3D Printer?
Yes. Users should have a basic understanding of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) and 3D Modelling. The Library’s website provides links to helpful websites. Staff can provide basic assistance.
In order to use the 3D printer, a user must download a digital content file of the object that is to be duplicated. This file must be presented on a flash drive to a library staff member at the time that the 3D printer is to be used.
Model designs must be imported into .stl software. The Library provides access to computers with 3D modelling software installed.
Where can I locate digital content files of objects that that can be duplicated on a 3D printer?
Two popular sources to find objects for duplication are thingiverse.com and myminifactory.com
Is there a cost to use the 3D printer?
A spool of material called “filament” is melted to form the objects that are created by a 3D printer, There is a user charge of 25¢ per 15 minutes of use for standard filaments and a charge of 50¢ per 15 minutes of use for exotic filaments. This cost is subject to change.
The world’s largest 3D printing community, with an extraordinary variety of downloadable models. High quality “Featured” models on the homepage are often updated, & always interesting. Explore their unique method of organizing files by “collections”, a fun way to find your next print.
Featuring a well organized section of free curated models designed to print successfully, and carefully organized by category & function. They also host hundreds of paid 3D models in a separate section, where you can buy and sell premium designs.
Cults3D offers a variety of 3D models for download and printing, Cults has a nice selection of well-categorized STL files.
Download, share, and sell 3D printable models. A great selection of curated STL files organized into categories like “Art”, “Home Living”, “Miniatures”, and more. Check back often for their monthly contests with giveaways, and great educational articles!
TurboSquid is a digital media company that sells stock 3D models used in 3D graphics to a variety of industries, including computer games, architecture, and interactive training
Discover tutorials and free tools for 3D design & printing. Start Tinkering today. 3D Printing. Hobbyists. Designers. Kids. Teachers. 3D Modeling. 3D Design. Types: Toys, Prototypes, Jewelry, Planters, Home Decor, Minecraft Models. This is a website-based software platform so it can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
Cura is the benchmark slicer software for all Ultimaker 3D printers, but it can also be used with most other 3D printers. It’s fully open source and can be extended via a plugin system.
Meshmixer is a free 3D modeling software published by design software giant Autodesk. Meshmixer is a veritable toolbox, bringing an array of useful tools to manipulate, add to, splice and merge 3D models with ease. For example, it’s easy to save print time and material by hollowing your 3D file. Additionally, you can check your file for stability with Meshmixer’s range of sophisticated yet easy to use analysis tools.