We offer 3D printing services and classes to provide opportunities to experiment and learn. The 3D printer was donated by the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundationcardexclusive

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is a manufacturing technique used to create a physical object from a 3D digital model. It works by layering multiple layers of melted plastic to build a shape.

There are two steps to the 3D printing process:

  • Digital design, in which the 3D digital model is created using design software.
  • Printing the actual object.

Our printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2, melts plastic filament to create paper-thin layers that build professional-quality, high resolution solid objects.

How do I get started?

  • Download a free ready-to-print 3D design through MakerBot's Thingiverse community.
  • Create your own design using a Computer Assisted Design (CAD) software program. We recommend starting with TinkerCAD, a free browser-based program.

What can I print?

  • You can print objects up to the maximum size of 11.2 L X 6.0 W X 6.1 H in inches
  • Files must be in .STL or .thing format
  • Objects must take less than 12 hours to print
  • You can print anything except offensive materials and weapons. See our policy.

How do I submit my print request?

  • Print requests:
    • Are limited to one at a time per cardholder and must be picked up before submitting another job.
    • Multiple colors must be submitted separately.
    • Multiples of the same object and same color are accepted. Please indicate on the form the number of objects to print.

Submit your print request by filling out this online form

What is the cost?

  • It costs 10 cents per gram with a minimum charge of $1 per request.
  • If you submit a request and do not pick it up, we will add the cost of the printed item to your library card account. 


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 for new products and customized items.

Can I bring my file in to watch it print?

Unfortunately, no. Your print request may not be printed right away. Print requests are processed in the order in which they are received, and objects can take from 20 minutes to 12 hours to print. You will be contacted when your object is available for pick up.