The Library is now accepting 3D printing requests!!
The Library’s Makerbot 3D printer is now ready to accept patron requests. Please keep in mind the following when submitting a request:
- The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
- Printing is available on a first come, first served basis; however, scheduling of print jobs will be determined by staff as dictated by printer and designated staff availability. For safety, printing will not take place when the library is closed.
- Patrons may submit one print job per day and no more than four print jobs per month.
- Cost: A non-refundable $1.00 fee must be paid when submitting a 3D print request to cover staff processing time and material costs, whether a print request is approved or declined.
- Designs created in 3D drafting software or downloaded from online sharing resources must be submitted in .stl format.
- All print jobs must take less than three (3) hours to print and fit within 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H centimeters OR 9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H inches. The Library will view all files in authorized software before printing to determine printing feasibility.
- All print jobs will be a single color.
There is also a FAQ sheet available for reading.
Although there are many online sites to choose from, a great site for finding existing 3D designs is Thingiverse.
To create your own design, try TinkerCAD.
As its plastic filament, the San Juan Island Library uses PLA which is a corn starch product, is compostable and non-toxic. It does smell slightly like popcorn so it is housed in a well-ventilated area.
The San Juan Island Library sees digital literacy as an important part of its mission, and is excited to be adding 3D printing to its existing literacy programs such as Tech Tuesdays and ongoing computer classes.