Reserve up to two hours per day on a 3D printer, and up to four hours per week. For longer jobs, please reserve the last slot of the day and the print job can continue overnight. All reservations stop 30 minutes before closing for cleanup.
You can also come in to see if one of the 3D printers are available for a walk-in on a first-come, first-served basis!
About the equipment
Our 3D Printers
- Lulzbot Taz 5 – 2 printers (11.7" x 10.8" x 9.8" Build Area)
- Lulzbot Taz Mini 2 – 1 printers (6.3" x 6.3" x 7.09" Build Area)
3D prints are limited to two hours during the day for both reservations and walk-ins. For print jobs over two hours, reserve the last evening slot for the 3D Printer and we can run the print past closing. Some exceptions can be made for prosthetics, community projects, etc. Ask us about how we can accommodate your project.
- STL or OBJ file
You can also download a file from:
- Your TinkerCad account
- or bring another file type of a 3D object you’ve made. (We can try to import it into a conversion program.)
In order to print a file, it must first be sliced by specific software for our machines. We use Cura. To preview your print or get an estimated print time, you can download the software for free. You are also welcome to use our MakerSpace computers to do this, and we'll be happy to assist you.
- 11.7" x 10.8" x 9.8" on the Lulzbot Taz 5
- 6.30" x 6.30" x 7.09" on the Lulzbot Mini 2
You can also create a 3D file in a software called a 3D modeler. One of the easiest to use is TinkerCad, which is an web-based program that you can use on any computer with internet access. You simply create an account (safe for kids, too) and can store your files online.
If you're interested in more robust 3D modeling software, we have some options you can use in the MakerSpace:
- MoI 3d
- SketchUp Make
Want to learn how to use these software programs? Check out Lynda.com online tutorials free with your library card!
3D Hubs has an extremely thorough online guide. Another option is The 3d Printing Handbook, a beautifully illustrated technical book available for checkout at the Johnson County Library.