3-D Printing and Scanning

3-D Printing and Scanning

The Fab Lab has 3-D printers available for public use.

The Library offers classes on the basics -- and more -- of 3-D printing. The Fab Lab also has a 3-D scanner available for public use. You can find out more about the 3-D scanner below.


3-D Printer

How can I use the 3-D printers myself?

You can reserve time with the 3-D printers after going through orientation and certification, taught by Labs staff. You can find out more details and sign up for the Fab Lab orientations and 3-D printer certifications on the Fab Lab page.

How can I order a 3-D print?

All you need is a library card, a filled-out form and your object formatted in an .stl file. Staff will print your object and notify you when it’s ready, usually in four to six weeks.

Printing costs are $.05 per gram (of object's weight) plus a $1 charge. It will be charged to your library account. (Most prints range from $1-$5.)

For more information about 3-D printing, scanning and reservations, you can also check out the 3-D Printing and Scanning Policy.
 

3-D Scanner

The Fab Lab offers a 3-D scanner to create electronic files of physical objects. Those files can then be modified and used to print out a similar object with a 3-D printer, such as those offered in the Fab Lab.

How can I use the 3-D scanner myself?

You can reserve time with the 3-D scanner after going through orientation and certification, taught by Labs staff. You can find out more details and sign up for the Fab Lab orientations and certifications on the Fab Lab page.

What's the process for requesting a 3-D scan?
 
  1. Bring your library card and the item to be scanned to the Fab Lab.
  2. Fill out one form per item in person in the Fab Lab. Or fill out the form (PDF or Word) at home and bring in to the Fab Lab.
  3. When you hand in your form and item, staff will give you a receipt.
  4. Staff will scan your object, and email you your scanned object, as an .stl and an .obj file. $5 will be charged to your library account. Scanning times vary, depending on customer demand and staffing.
  5. You have 14 days to retrieve your scanned item; you must present a valid picture ID when picking up your item. 
For more information about 3-D printing, scanning and reservations, you can also check out the 3-D Printing and Scanning Policy.

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