We are excited to announce that we have a new printer -- a Prusa MK3S+! The new printer has a build volume of 25×21×21 cm (9.84"×8.3"×8.3").
1. Explore existing designs and download free .STL files at Thingiverse, an online community that creates and shares designs.
Create your own design: Go to Tinkercad (sign up with your email address). You can also download the free PrusaSlicer software from the Prusa website, which helps you estimate how long your design will take to print.
2. Whether you found or created a print file, download it to your computer. It will be either an .STL or .ZIP file. Submissions must be in millimeters in order to be printed
3. Fill out the 3D Printing Request form below.
4. On the form, click "Choose File"; you will be prompted to locate, select, and upload your print file (.STL or .ZIP) from your computer.
5. Submit the form.
That's it! Allow 1–2 weeks for your request to be processed. You'll be contacted when your print is ready for pickup.
Our new Prusa i3 MK3S+ 3D printer
It all starts with a CAD file called an .stl (STereoLithography). This is a picture with instructions on how to print a design in three dimensions. This file is loaded onto the library's printer software, which is connected to the library's Prusa 3D printer. When the Prusa is turned on, the printer bed (the surface onto which the filament is melted) and the nozzle heat to upward of 180 degrees Celsius. The PLA filament (a biodegradable, non-toxic formula consisting mostly of cornstarch) is fed through the nozzle, heated, and melted onto the printer bed to build an object layer by layer.
If you would like to print a design that exceeds the library's 3D printing capabilities (your object is larger than 11"x11"x9.8" or will take longer than 2 hours to print), check with a commercial 3D printing service. Some services offer the option to print in materials other than PLA—such as other plastics, metals, or ceramics. Do a quick online search for 3D printing services or check one of these: