3D Printer

The library owns a MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D printer for the public to use.  The printer’s extruder head heats to over 400° Fahrenheit so users will need to be take a short training session – 20 minutes – before use.

3D printers are additive printers. The printer has a heated extruder (print head) that melts the plastic into a thin stream – 200 microns thin – and layers the plastic from the base up. Our 3D printer can print from any .STL or .OBJ file. Print size is limited to 3.9″ long X 3.9″ wide X 4.9″ high. The library has a variety of filament colors on available but you will need to verify current inventory. Print cost is $2 per ounce. Most small objects weight less than an ounce.

You can design your own 3D objects using several free software programs. Google SketchUp is downloadable, as is 123D Design. Online design options include TinkerCad.

 

MakerBot Mini

MakerBot Mini

MakerBot Mini

MakerBot Mini

Sample of two sizes

Sample of two sizes. Designs can be scaled.

Sample build

Sample build