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3D Printing

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3D Printing

3D printers build physical objects from a digital file. Choose designs from numerous websites, or create your own designs using open source CAD software. Bring your designs to us on a flash drive, and see your objects take shape.

The Blue Mountains Public Library has a MakerBot Replicator 5G 3D printer.

How to Get Started

  • Bring in an .STL or .OBJ file in on a flash drive or email it to librarytech@thebluemountains.ca
  • Staff will review the file, provide a total cost, and prepare your print job.
  • Cost is $2 per item plus 20¢ per gram of plastic. 
  • Once your object is completed, we will contact you to pick it up. If you wish to see how the printer works or be present for the printing, let us know when you submit your file.

What can it print?

  • Maximum size: 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm
  • Material: PLA plastic filament, a non-toxic resin made of sugar derived from corn
  • Printer: Makerbot Replicator 5G
  • Objects print in a single color: white, black, blue, red, and translucent red
  • File formats: .STL and .OBJ
  • Objects must not infringe upon any third party's intellectual property rights.
  • Object must not be illegal nor can they be construed as having the intent to harm.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any print request at the discretion of library staff.

How do I create a 3D object file?

You can download an object file from site like Thingiverse, Cubehero, or Bld3r or use some of the free modeling software like 123D Design, SketchUp, Blender and Mineways to make your own designs.

How large is 10 grams of plastic?

The weight of an object depends upon how hollow or solid an object is designed and printed. Feel free to email us with your .stl or .obj file and we can give you an estimate of weight and cost.

My object has multiple parts. Should I submit them as a single file or each as separate file?

You should submit each part or component of your object as a separate file. This allows the library to optimize the print settings for each component.

Can I estimate the weight of my objects at home?

You can download the same free MakerWare software from Makerbot that the library uses to prepare print jobs and estimate weight for pricing at makerbot.com/desktop.

Who can operate the printer?

Only library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.

3D Design Online Tools and Help

There are free software and lessons available online:

Tinkercad The interactive lessons are perfect for the first time user. This free cloud based 3D modeling software will have you creating your own designs in just a few lessons.
FreeCAD Advanced users will appreciate the power and depth of this software that can you download for free to your computer. Video tutorials
OpenSCAD This is a favorite among advanced users with some tutorials to help get you started using this free software you can download to your computer. See tutorials

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