3D Printing

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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.

How Much Does it Cost?

3D printing charges are based on the time it takes to print an item. The first hour of printing is free. Each additional hour will cost $1.00. For instance, an eight hour job will cost you $7.00. We can give you an estimate of how long your object will take to print.

How Long Does it Take to Print?

Items vary quite a bit in printing length. Please allow 2 business days for your order to be completed (multi-part items or particularly large items may take longer).

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."

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 Hoonuit)

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

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

MakerGear M2 3D printer