3D Printing

3D Printing is currently unavailable.

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The Library provides access to new and emerging technologies, such as 3D printers, to inspire interest in design and assist people in bringing their creations to life. Our 3D Printing Policy (PDF) outlines how the public may use the 3D printers.

What 3D Printing is

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, turns digital 3D models into solid objects by building them up in layers. The 3D printing process turns a whole object into thousands of tiny little slices, and then makes it from the bottom-up, slice by slice. Those tiny layers stick together to form a solid object.

What We Have

The Library owns a Lulzbot Taz 6 and a Lulzbot Mini. Both are fused deposition modeling printers, which work on an "additive" principle by printing material in layers. We also offer regular 3D printing and 3D modeling classes for beginners.

How We Schedule 3D Prints
Scheduling helps ensure equitable access to the printers. While we make every effort to schedule print requests as soon as possible, requests should be made at least 48 hours, or two business days, in advance. The Library cannot guarantee producing print submissions in a specific time frame, and reserves the right to choose the order in which jobs are printed to maximize efficiency.

Ready to print?

To submit a print job, please use our online form. 

If you’d like to discuss your design before submitting a print or would like to submit a design in person, email the reference desk to schedule an appointment.