3D Printing at OLPL – Starting October 1, 2023
Request a Print
Patrons can now submit 3D printing requests at OLPL! Staff will print approved requests on the Library’s 3D printer, an Ender-3 Pro. The Library’s 3D printer makes three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design saved as a digital computer file, which patrons can create or download from the internet.
3D Print Services
- Staff will print files in the order they are received—print turnaround times are not guaranteed
- All requests are reviewed prior to printing approval
- Requests may be refused if they fail to meet established guidelines
- The Library is not responsible for the final appearance of 3D printed items
- The Library is not liable for any damages, human injury, and/or costs in the event of a failure of a 3D printed item
- PLA plastic filament used to create items is not rated as food safe
- Library staff will not remove supports or rafts from print items
- Project fee will be stated at notification of approval and is based on estimated print time. See above for pricing.
- Patrons will be notified via email when items are ready for pickup
- Items can only be picked up at the Computer Center Desk on the 2nd floor
- Project fee is payable at time of pickup
- If an item is not retrieved within seven (7) days of notification, it becomes the Library’s property and 3D printing privileges may be revoked
- Requests must be submitted through the 3D Print Form on the Library’s website
- Required contact information:
- First and Last Name
- Valid Email Address
- Only .STL files are accepted for printing
- Only one (1) file permitted per request
- File size limit is 100 MB
- Printed item can be no larger than 200 mm x 200 mm x 250 mm
- Estimated print time cannot exceed 240 minutes (4 hours)
- Items will only be printed in one solid color—filament is available in the following colors:
- Items requested cannot be prohibited by local, state or federal law
- Items requested cannot be unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose a threat to the well-being of others
- Items requested cannot be obscene, sexually explicit or inappropriate for the library environment
- Items requested cannot be in violation of intellectual property rights—the printer may not be used to reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent or trademark
- Project fee will be stated at notification of approval and is based on estimated print time:
|ESTIMATED PRINT TIME||PROJECT FEE|
|0 – 29 minutes||$2.00|
|30 – 59 minutes||$4.00|
|60 – 89 minutes||$6.00|
|90 – 119 minutes||$8.00|
|120 – 149 minutes||$10.00|
|150 – 179 minutes||$12.00|
|180 – 209 minutes||$14.00|
|210 – 240 minutes||$16.00|
Printer and Plastic Information
The library uses a Creality Ender-3 Pro. Print files can be no larger than 200 mm x 200 mm x 250 mm.
The Library uses PLA plastic filament for 3D printing. Filament is available in the following colors: white, gray, black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Items will only be printed in one color.
The Library cannot guarantee a turnaround time. Estimated turnaround time is one week. Turnaround time depends on how long the printing queue is, as well as the size and complexity of the order. Library staff will contact the patron by email when the order is complete. Patrons may pick up and pay for their request at the Computer Center Desk on the Library’s second floor.
OLPL’s 3D Printing Guidelines
Getting started with 3D printing
- Search or browse for objects ready to print or customize. You can go to Thingiverse, My Mini Factory, or one of these other sites for free designs.
- Design your own 3D object using 3D modeling software. Tinkercad is a simple 3D design application which is great for all ages and does not require any downloading. SketchUp and Fusion 360 are also recommended.