3D Printing

What is 3D Printing?

It is a process where digital files are used to print physical objects using an environmentally friendly filament called bioplastic. 

The spool of filament is fed through a tube into a heating chamber. It is then heated 215 degrees Celsius and extruded out of a thin nozzle head forming and building the 3D object from the bottom, up. The nozzle moves around the build plate, creating the design layer by layer.

Who can use it?

Anyone with a valid Farmers Branch library card in good standing can design objects and submit them to be printed at the Library for $0.15 per gram. Only designated Library staff and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.

See videos from our Facebook page of the 3D Printer in action!

3D Printer printing an object

Getting Started

  1. Design the object to be printed- Users may create or find designs on a number of free sites, such as Thingiverse or TinkerCad
  2. Save the file- The file should be saved in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format on a USB flash drive.
  3. Submit the file- Users can submit their files during regular business hours at the Circulation Desk. 3D prints can take several hours, so patrons must leave a phone number and email address when the file is submitted.

Please see our 3D Printing Policy and FAQ Sheet before submitting 3D printing files.