Thanks to a gift from the Fremont Library Foundation, patrons can design objects to print on our new Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer!
Create and Submit a Print
- Search for premade designs on Thingiverse.com or use CAD (Computer Aided Design), software that allows you to create 2D and 3D designs, to make your own object.
- Upload your files using the form below for us to 3D print. A library staff member will review your print job and format it for best results. We will email you once the print has completed. We can accept files in the .STL or .OBJ file formats. We can also accept .GCODE files if you create them using LulzBot Cura.
- Please allow 2-3 weeks for your item to be printed. You may have one pending 3D print job at a time. Multiple submissions will not be accepted.
- Size is limited to 5 x 5.5 x 5.7 inches or 145 x 145 x 150.7 millimeters in length x width x height.
- The maximum allowable print time for each individual job may not exceed 6 hours. We will contact you if your print job is too large.
- Fill out the required fields on our submission page and upload your file.
- The design will be reviewed to make sure it is not a weapon or copyrighted material, or a print job that will not print successfully. We will send a reply email if there are any problems.
Read the directions? Ready to print? Click here to submit your file through our online form.
After the print is complete, you can remove any rafts or supports and sand your object with sandpaper (80 grit to 500 grit). Be sure to wear a mask and goggles! You can also prime and paint your model using hobby paints in a well-ventilated area.
Want to learn more about 3D printing?
Lynda.com offers several classes on 3D printing. Visit the library’s Research page and use your library card to set up an account and start learning at your own pace.
Find premade files at Thingiverse.com or create your own files using a CAD program:
TinkerCAD is a free, web-based program. It works best in Google Chrome (v. 10 or newer) and Firefox (v. 4 or newer). Find it at tinkercad.com.
SketchUp is a free downloadable design program, available at sketchup.com. You’ll need to download this extension in order to save your work as an .stl file: http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/sketchup-stl.