Indian Prairie Library card holders can now submit 3D print requests to be printed on the library's new 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2. The MakerBot takes 3D designs you create or download from the Internet and makes a 3-dimensional object 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 Policy and Requirements
- All print jobs submitted must comply with the Library's 3D Printer Policy
- Starting September 1, 2014 the charge is .10 cents per gram minimum charge $1.00. An email notification will be sent when the item is ready for pick-up. Payment and item may be picked-up at the Check Out and Card Services Desk.
- Only one print request at a time will be accepted. (Print job must be picked up before submitting another print request)
- File must be submitted in .makerbot, .STL, .thing, x3g 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.
- Due to the popularity of the printer we can only print items that require less than 12 hours printing time.
- 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.
Getting Started with 3D Printing
- 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, books, or visit 3dprintingforbeginners.com.
What is 3D Printing?
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.
How is 3D Printing Used?
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.
How does the 3D printer work?
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.
How much does it cost to print something?
.10 cents per gram with a minumum charge of $1.00.
Can I bring in a file and watch it being printed now?
If you fill out the form today, it may or may not get printed right away. Print Jobs can take from 20 minutes to 8 hours or longer. Due to the amount of time it takes to print, the amount of requests received and staff availability we can not guarantee your print job will be ready on a specific day. You will be contacted when your print is available for pick up.
Can I use the 3D printer and print it myself?
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.
What kinds of objects can I print?
Anything except offensive material or weapons. We review every object file before it is printed. See 3D printer Policy.
How can I turn in a 3D print file?
You can submit using this form linked on this page.
How big of an object can I print?
The 3D printer has a print area of 11 inches length x 6 inches high x 6 inches wide.