3D Printing at the Library

3D printing is now available for customers and staff use. We currently have an Ultimaker2 and are in the process acquiring a 3D carver (CNC Mill) for customer use, as well. 

What is 3D printing? 3D printing is a process by which solid 3 dimensional objects are created from a programmed digital model. Users can design an object on the computer, and the printer builds the design into a solid piece or pieces using a plastic filament. 

If you would like to use the Ultimaker2 3D printer, you can either design a project yourself using 3D design tools (we recommend starting with Tinkercad if you aren't familiar with 3D design) or submit an existing file from someplace like Thingiverse. Call the Librarium at 918-549-7349 for more information or to make an appointment.

 

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Hello David,

The fee for 3D printing at the library is $0.35 a gram, to cover the cost of the filament used. When you create a file, we should be able to determine the estimated weight of the finished piece prior to the printing, and we will use that weight to calculate the cost of the print job.

Peter 

 

I would also like to get an estimate on the price. How far would a gram of filament go in a 3D printed object?

Hi David,

The models need to be in an .stl file in order for us to print them. As long as Autodesk Inventor or AutoCAD allow you to save or convert your files to that format, they should work fine.

Peter

Or AutoCAD

I would like to know what programs can print 3d models on these printers. More specifically, I would like to know if I can print files from Autodesk Inventor on these printers. If not, what list of programs may I use?

Hello Jennifer,

If you have already been to an orientation and signed the waiver for 3d printing, we ask that you call us ahead of time to set up an appointment to use the machines. This is so we can make sure a printer is available when you come in and not in use by staff or another patron. You can call us at 918-549-7349 to set up a time.

Thanks,

Peter

We have been to an orientation of the 3d printer. Do we need to make an appointment to use it or just show up?

Hello Phillip,

We supply the filament for the 3D printers, and the fee for printing is based on the weight of the filament used to create the object. The charge is $0.35 per gram, in order to cover the cost of the material. 

At this time, the Librarium (1110 S Denver Ave) has two 3D printers in our Maker Space, and is in the process of adding the carver. The Hardesty Library (8316 E 93rd St) also will be getting a 3D printer in the near future.

In order to use the 3D printers, patrons are required to take an orientation. Our next scheduled orientation is Monday, December 22nd, 1:30pm at the Librarium. 

I hope this helps,

Peter

is there any more information on this service? what is the costs involved? does the user supply their own filament or purchase through you? which library has the printer and carver?

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