3D Printer in Action
Reserve up to two hours. For longer jobs, please reserve the last hour of opening time and the job can run past closing. All reservations stop 30 minutes before closing for cleanup.
About the equipment
Our 3D Printers
(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.
- Print times depend on the size of your object, the detail/resolution of the project, how much infill is used (whether it's more hollow or more solid), and which printer is used.
- 11 inches x 10 inches x 9.5 inches on the Taz 5
- 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches x 4.5 inches on the Ultimaker
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:
- SketchUp Make (available on all MakerSpace computers; free to download)
- Cheetah3D (available on the Macs in the MakerSpace)
- Rhino (available on all MakerSpace computers)
Want to learn how to use these software programs? Check out Lynda.com online tutorials free with your library card!