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3D Printing

Welcome to Millburn Library’s 3D Printer Lab!

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. 

3D Printing Services are paused while Millburn Library is in its temporary location until our renovations are complete.

3D Print Request
Finding a 3D Object
Scan an Object
You Design It
Available Colors
Restrictions
  • Patrons can request & submit a 3D print object file (.stl), as well as color & scale specifications. However, library staff will be the ones to operate & print the object.
    • You must come into the Library to submit your 3D print request.
  • A maximum of 3 hours print-time will be allotted per person, per day.
    • We cannot guarantee the print will be completed same-day. There may be a queue of other patrons. We will contact you when your print is complete.
    • The size & complexity of the print will increase the print-time, e.g. if a support structure is necessary.
    • The 3D printer can only print 1 file, containing one continuous object, at a time. Files with multiple parts must be printed one-at-a-time.
  • Cost is based on the amount of filament (grams) used to print. The first 28 grams cost $1.00, and each additional gram is more. Payment must be made at the Circulation Desk before the print can start.
  • Print priority is given to Millburn cardholders, though any library guest can request a print, first-come, first-serve.

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):

  • Thingiverse: a huge community of user-created digital designs. Everything is free and everything is cool.

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:

  • TinkerCad.com: a free, web-based software (no download required) for designing 3D objects. You can also browse other users’ 3D objects (including a 3D-perspective view of them), and even copy them to modify for your own printing. Tutorials are available as well.
  • SketchUp: another free, web-based software, though many of its more robust features are in the paid version only.
  • AutoCAD: from the AutoDesk Company, this professional CAD software is available free for school students & educators, as long as they can prove their education status.

The following filament colors are available for 3D printing. Note that each 3D object comes in a solid color.

  • Black / White
  • Purple
  • Dark Blue
  • Light Blue

  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Beige

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:

  • Objects that are too large for the 3D printer’s build-plate: 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.5 inches, and/or that will exceed the permissible printing time (3 hours).
  • Objects in violation of another’s intellectual property rights.
  • Any object that is prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Objects that are unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or pose an immediate threat to the safety & well-being of others.
  • Items that can be viewed as threatening, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise provocative or inappropriate for the Library environment.

Millburn Library’s policy in full is available below.

3D Printer
The Library's LulzBot "Taz" 3D Printer.
The Library's Makerbot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner
Makerbot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner