Getting Started with 3D Printing

To Submit a 3D Print Job:

  • Indian Prairie Public Library card
  • Must comply with the Library's 3D Printer Policy
  • File type must be in .STL, or .thing format
  • Object must be smaller than 11.2 L X 6.0 W X 6.1 H in inches
  • Less than 12 hours printing time
  • One print job request at a time will be accepted. (Print job must be picked up before submitting another form)
  • A charge of .10 cents per gram with a minimum charge of $1.00 per request. (Notified via email when the  item is ready for pick-up). Pay and pick-up your finished request at the Check Out and Card Services Desk.  If not picked up within two weeks the cost of the print job will be added to members library account

Submit a 3D Print Job


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 11.2 inches length x 6 inches high x 6.1 inches wide.

What colors can I print in?

We have PLA filament in the following colors: blue, black, green, grey, purple, red, white and clear. The printer will only print an object in one color.


Printing is done by library staff. Priority printing is given to library programs and events.

The 3D printer was funded by the Indian Prairie Library Foundation in 2014. Adding 3D printing and 3D design classes 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 opportunity to try different technologies, further their creativity, and to make their designs.