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3D Printing Policy at the Library: Home

A guide to using the service.

Policy for Use

The Library’s 3D printers are available to faculty and students to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

The Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is

* Prohibited by local, state or federal law.

* Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)

* In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.


The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Cost: 3D printing at the Library is free for the first 15 grams of filament. Additional filament use will be charged at 10 cents (types abc) and 20 cents (types xyx) per gram after that, as calculated by the Library’s Cura 14.09 software.

Only designated Library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.

Procedures to Request a Project

Free 3D Software Sites

When choosing any 3d software, you need to find one that is easy to learn and use, especially if you are a beginner. You should choose one that is going to perform the task you want to and at the level of quality you wish to reach.

3Dtin - The simplest 3D software. You can draw directly from your browser.

Tinkercad - Tinkercad is a new and faster way of creating designs for your 3D printer. With only three basic tools you can create a wide range of useful things. Once your project is ready simply download the STL file and start your 3D print.

Google SketchUp -This Google SketchUp is fun and free, and is known for being easy to use. To build models in SketchUp, you draw edges and faces using a few simple tools that you can learn in a short time. With with Push/Pull tool you can extrude any flat surface into a 3D form. Furthermore, it works together with Google Earth, that you can import a scaled aerial photograph directly from Google Earth, or use SketchUp to build models which can be seen in Google Earth.

Blender - Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Blender was developed as an in-house application by the Dutch animation studio NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies (NaN). It is a powerful program contains features that are characteristic of high-end 3D software.


3D printing : build your own 3D printer and print your own 3D objects - James Floyd Kelly

Call Number:  TK7887.7 .K45 2014

Want something? Print it-with your own 3D printer Right now, you can print practically any 3D object you can imagine-from toys to gadgets to replacement parts, and beyond All you need is a 3D printer...and they're simpler and cheaper than you ever imagined. This full-color, step-by-step guide will get you started-and if you want, it'll even walk you through building your own 3D printer from an inexpensive kit.

Fabricated : the new world of 3D printing - Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman.

Call Number:  TS171.8 .L57 2013

Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk. Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document.

Printing in plastic [electronic resource] : build your own 3D printer - Patrick Hood-Daniel, James Floyd Kelly.

Call Number:  TP1175.E9 H66 2011

Build Your Own 3D Printer is your gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication. The OC printerOCO that youOCOll build from this book is a personal fabricator capable of creating small parts and other objects from drops of molten plastic. Design a part using a modeling tool such as Google SketchUp.

Practical 3D printers [electronic resource] : the science and art of 3D printing -Brian Evans.

Call Number:  Z232.T5 E8 2012eb

Desktop or DIY 3D printers are devices you can either buy preassembled as a kit, or build from a collection of parts to design and print physical objects including replacement household parts, custom toys, and even art, science, or engineering projects.