3D Printing

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Yes, you can print your own 3D items at the Gardner-Harvey Library!

How Do I Start?
Request a 3D print job using our 3D print request form.

Acceptable file types for printing are .STL or .OBJ. Please be sure to tell us the color you would like it to be printed. We would be happy to get back to you with a quote on a print job before we start printing it.

You may also contact the Library staff for a 3D printing consultation (or just stop by).

Generally, 3D printing for class projects or educational purposes will take precedence over personal printing. The Library staff reserves the right to approve items for printing.

Which 3D Printers Are Available, and What Colors Can I Choose From?
We have five 3D printers and many different filament colors. See the TEC Lab page for a list of our printers, and either contact us or stop by to ask about filament colors.

How Much Does it Cost?
3D printing charges are based on the time it takes to print an item. Charges will be applied in the following increments:
  • Under 1 hour is free
  • 1 hour, 1 minute to 1 hour, 59 minutes is $1.00
  • 2 hours to 2 hours, 59 minutes is $2.00
  • 3 hours to 3 hours, 59 minutes is $3.00
  • 4 hours to 4 hours, 59 minutes is $4.00
Items requiring more than eight hours to print will be charged the $5.00 fee for the first 8 hours, and then $1.00 per hour for each additional hour. Longer jobs require the approval of the Library staff, and may need to take place on Fridays or over the weekend to allow for shorter print jobs during the week.

Find Things to Print
Thingiverse: This site is a repository of 3D designs that are open for anyone to modify or print using a 3D printer.

RepRap Object Library: a small selection of 3D designs.

YouMagine.com: spot to share and locate designs.

Cubehero.com: spot to share and locate designs.

NIH 3D Print Exchange: "Provides access to a community-contributed database of bioscientific 3D-printable files."

Bld3r.com: Shows results from all the object repositories from its site and serves as a place to upload your designs.

Yeggi.com: A search engine of many 3D design sites.

Yobi3D: A search engine for 3D objects that displays the results as 3D previews.

3D Warehouse: A collection of 3D models created using SketchUp (they can be exported as 3D printable files).

Make Your Own Things to Print
There are several 3D editors you can use to create or modify 3D models for printing. Here are four suggestions that are all free to use (the first one is web-based and the next three are for download):

Tinkercad (includes video tutorials and interactive lessons)

Blender (see video tutorials on how to use it at Atomic Learning)

SketchUp (see video tutorials on how to use it at Atomic Learning)

AutoDesk 123D (AutoDesk 123D Design software and additional apps)

MakerGear M2 3D printer

Upcoming Event

Wednesday, April 5
11am - 1pm (drop in)
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