If you could wish for any object, what would it be?
At the Innovation Lab, all you need is an idea — and a 3D print file — to make objects from thin air. Here, you don’t need to buy something to meet your needs or enjoy yourself. Instead, use our 3D printers to make your own novelty toys, hard-to-find replacement parts, free alternatives to expensive household items, or anything else you could need or imagine.
What is 3D printing?
3D printing lets you make plastic, three-dimensional objects from digital files. You pick out a file of an item you want, and the printer creates your object out of a heated plastic thread called “filament.”
What can I make on a 3D printer?
Anything you have a 3D printer file for! You can either design a 3D object yourself or pick one out.
Where can I find 3D print files?
There’s lots of websites full of 3D print files from different creators. Here’s a few of our favorites:
What materials can my prints be?
Our plastic filaments come in a variety of colors, patterns, finishes and flexibilities. Our supplies change as we use, test and replace different filaments, so let us know if you have any preferences when you send your file.
How does the library's 3D printing service work?
We can either help you do it yourself or make the 3D print for you! This service is free and available to community members of all ages. You do not need a library card. (However, getting a library card is free to locals and comes with great perks.)
Want to print something yourself?
Stop by during one of the Innovation Lab’s open sessions or classes. We’ll show you how to make your own file, set up your filament colors, send the file to the printer and make sure it comes out the way you want.
Want us to print for you?
- Email a .stl file you’d like to print to [email protected].
- We’ll load up your file as staff availability allows. Usually, we can print your object within a few days.
- We’ll email you when the print is ready, and you can come to the library during its open hours to pick your item up.
What 3D printers are in the Innovation Lab?
Flashforge Creator Pro 2 3D Printer
- Three are available.
- Extruder: Dual independent
- Build volume: 200 x 148 x 150 mm
- Software: FlashPrint
Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D Printer
- One is available.
- Extruder: Single
- Build volume: 255 x 155 x 170 mm
- Software: Dremel Digilab 3D Slicer
What can you print?
Let’s find out.
3D Printing Policies
- Prints must take 3 hours or less. If your object can’t print in that time limit, we may shrink or simplify it to fit.
- We won’t print any NSFW objects or weapons.
- We won’t print anything for visitors to sell.