Thanks to a gift from the Fremont Library Foundation, patrons can now design objects to print on our MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer!
3D printing allows you to create models, functioning prototypes, visual aids, real world products, educational materials, art, and more.
Our fifth generation MakerBot creates prints by building up layers of PLA filament that is pulled from a spool. Available colors are blue, clear, grey, and yellow. Want more colors? Consider donating to the Fremont Library Foundation!
Create a print
Search for and download a premade design from Thingiverse.com or using Yobi3D, a 3D print search engine. You can also use CAD (Computer Aided Design), software that allows you to create 2D and 3D designs on a computer, to make your own design. Keep in mind:
- Size is limited to 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 inches (25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm).
- Parts of a model that extend without support will not print successfully.
- The maximum allowable print time for each individual job may not exceed 8 hours. We will contact you if your print job is too large.
- You may submit one design at a time. Please wait for your print to be finished before submitting another design.
- Make sure your design is saved as an .stl file.
- Fill out the required fields on our submission page and upload your .stl file.
- The design will be reviewed to make sure it is not a weapon or copyrighted material, or a print job that will not print successfully. We will send a reply email if there are any problems.
- We will we will contact you when your design is ready to be picked up. Prints not picked up after six weeks will be used for library programs.
After the print is complete, you can remove any rafts or supports and sand your object with sandpaper (80 grit to 500 grit). Be sure to wear a mask and goggles! You can also prime and paint your model using hobby paints in a well-ventilated area.
Want to learn more about 3D printing?
Lynda.com offers several classes on 3D printing. Visit the library’s Research page and use your library card to set up an account and start learning at your own pace.
Create your own files using a CAD program:
- TinkerCAD is a free, web-based program. It works best in Google Chrome (v. 10 or newer) and Firefox (v. 4 or newer). Find it at tinkercad.com.
- SketchUp is a free downloadable design program, available at sketchup.com. You’ll need to download this extension in order to save your work as an .stl file: http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/sketchup-stl.
Still want more? Visit the MakerBot website to see how it works, get ideas, and learn about the future of 3D printing.