You can now print a 3D object on the library's new 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2. The MakerBot allows Indian Prairie Library members to take designs they have created or downloaded from the Internet and create 3-dimensional objects in plastic.
Thank you to the Indian Prairie Library Foundation for generously donating the 3D printer. Adding the MakerBot to our services supports the library's strategic initiatives of fostering life-long learning and enriching lives through technology. The library is excited to offer our community members this unique opportunity to try new technology, further their creativity, and to make their designs.
Printing is available on a first come, first served basis and is done by library staff. Priority printing is given to library programs and events.
The library reserves the right to not print an item due to content. Weapons or items that are offensive will not be printed. The library does assume any responsibility for the use of the object printed.
Requirements for submitting print
- Free until September 1, 2014 and then there will be a charge.
- File must be submitted in .makerbot, .obj, .stl, .thing. Some files may not be able to be converted to print.
- Object must be smaller than 9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in inches
- Only one print request at a time will be accepted. (Print job must be picked up before submitting another print request)
- Due to the popularity of the printer we can only print items that require less than 12 hours printing time
- Search or browse for objects ready to print or customize. Try Thingiverse, MakerBot's free design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable objects. Here are more 3D file sites
- Design your own 3D object using 3D modeling software. Try Tinkercad a simple 3D design application, which is great for all ages and does not require any downloading. Additional 3D software
- For more information on 3D printing visit our FAQ section and books, or visit 3dprintingforbeginners.com.
The good news is you love our 3D printer. The bad news is you love our 3D printer so much that we now have a very long print queue and need to put a hold on print requests. Effective Monday, July 21, the print request form will not be available until Tuesday, September 2. As planned, charges for printing will then be in effect. Please watch this web page for more information.
Submit a 3D Printer Request-Form will be open again on September 2. If you submitted a request before July 21 we are still working on fulfiling those requests and you will be notified when your print job is ready.
3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. An object is literally built layer upon layer.
3D printing is used in a variety of fields, from DIYers with desktop printers to corporations using commercial printers to create prototypes of new products and customized items.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 makes solid, three dimensional objects out of melted MakerBot PLA Filament. Your 3D design files are translated into instructions for the MakerBot printer. The printer heats the PLA Filament and squeezes it out through a nozzle to make a solid object layer by layer. This method is called Fused Filament Fabrication.
At this time it is free. Starting September 1, 2014 there will be a charge.
Our Technology Services Staff are the ones that will do the actual print. Once you turn in your file, they will print it for you.