All guests of the Library have various tools accessible to them while visiting us, including a 3D printer & a 3D object scanner. You are also welcome to design your own 3D objects. Please look over the details below to get started.
Don’t know how to use CAD (computer-aided design) software? Don’t worry! You have access to a huge online community of designers who have posted their 3D print designs, for free, on the Internet. Here are some popular sites to browse the Makerverse and find a 3D print object (.stl file):
Did you know we can replicate an object you own? The Library’s Makerbot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is available for use by any library guest. As with the 3D printer, a staff member will be the one to operate the scanner.
Let us know you need a scan and drop off your object — we’ll have a digital object file of your object (.stl) returned once we get it scanned. Of course, once scanned, just ask us to 3D print a replica of your item too!
You’re welcome to browse for a 3D object made by someone else in the 3D printing community, or even scan an object you have— but you can also design your own 3D prints, using CAD skills.
CAD, or Computer Assisted Drawing, is the term for the software that implements 3d renderings of objects in digital files. It’s fun to design a cool toy or object, but it’s a useful career skill to gain as well, as professions from architecture to engineering to animators use CAD all the time.
Here are some resources to check out that offer free CAD software you can download on your own devices or use on the web, then ask the Library to print:
The following filament colors are available for 3D printing. Note that each 3D object comes in a solid color.
The Library reserves the right to refuse the production of any content at any time, at the discretion of library staff. Examples of objects that may not be produced include, but are not limited to:
Millburn Library’s policy in full is available below.