Batavia Public Library

Guidelines

Basic Information

  • Cost: $1.00/file submitted + filament charge of 10₵ per gram (minimum filament charge of 20₵).
  • Fees are calculated at the time of print completion.
  • Print delivery: Depending on the size of the project and the demand for this service projects can take several days up to two weeks to complete.
  • Maximum file size: 50 MB.
  • Objects will only be printed in a single color. You may specify a color preference, depending on filament availability. Colors are listed in the Submit a Job form .
  • Print time limit: Maximum of 8-hour total print time.
  • The maximum size of the 3D print object is 29.5cm L x 19.5cm W x 16cm H (11.6in L x 7.6in W x 6.5in H).

The Fine Print

  • Patrons are solely responsible for designing objects, as well as creating and editing object (or design) files.
  • The Library reserves the right to limit the number of requests for 3D printing.
  • The Library does not guarantee patrons complete personal privacy during the 3D printing process, as the 3D printer is in a public space.
  • The Library shall delete all files from the 3D printing system following the successful completion of a print job.
  • The Library cannot guarantee product quality, satisfaction, equipment availability or specific delivery times.
  • Patrons are responsible for clearing their own rafts and support pieces.
  • Patrons are solely responsible for knowing which intellectual property rights, if any, apply to their object (or design) files and the objects they design or intend to create.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse a print.
  • For more information, see the Policy on 3D Printing.
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Getting started

3D printers work by drawing an object layer by layer with melted plastic. With the MakerBot Replicator+ Batavia Public Library cardholders can create fun customized items like phone holders or cookie cutters, or make more functional things, like replicas of lost game tokens or broken machine parts.

How the process works

Step 1: Create a 3D model or object using TinkerCad or another computer-aided design (CAD) program. You can also download 3D models that have already been created from repositories like Thingiverse.com.

Step 2: Save your work in .STL or .OBJ format.

Step 3: Fill out and submit the Submit a Job Form. You will receive an automated confirmation when we receive your request.

Step 4: The Library will print your item.

Step 5: Staff will contact you when your print is ready for pick up.

Step 6: Payment is due at the time of pickup at the Check Out Desk. We accept cash, checks, or credit cards. Items must be picked up within two weeks from the date of the first notice.

Learn More

TinkerCad—A free 3D design tool. Use it to create simple 3D designs from scratch or to modify existing designs. It’s a free online program used through a web browser. There is no need to download any software. TinkerCad also includes built-in lessons to help teach new users. TinkerCad Learn provides tutorials for basic 3D designing.

LinkedIn Learning —online video tutorials in TinkerCad for Batavia Public Library cardholders.

Thingiverse —a model repository associated with MakerBot. Thingiverse is dedicated to sharing open-source user-created digital design files, including 3D designs which can be downloaded and printed using a 3D printer. You can get started with Thingiverse Jumpstart

MakerBot Print—download this program to turn your .STL and .OBJ files into MakerBot project files where you can change object orientation, scale, base building, density, and other printing specifics.

Library books about 3D printing 

FAQ

What is 3D Printing?

3D printers work by drawing an object layer by layer with melted plastic. With the MakerBot Replicator+ Batavia Library cardholders can create fun customized items like phone holders or cookie cutters, or make more functional things, like replicas of lost game tokens or broken machine parts.

What kind of printer does the Library use?

MakerBot Replicator+ which prints up to 29.5cm L x 19.5cm W x 16cm H (11.6in L x 7.6in W x 6.5in H).
The manual is available here.

What kind of material is used for printing?

The Library uses 1.75mm PLA plastic filament.

How do I create a 3D model?

You can either download or create a 3D model.

Download a model—
There are many free and pay sites that share 3D model files. Thingiverse is a model repository associated with Makerbot. It is dedicated to sharing user created digital design files under the GNU General Public License or Creative Commons Usage. NASA freely shares 3D resources with the public. You can download a model and personalize it before printing. MyMiniFactory.com offers a large range of downloadable 3D printable objects. Each object has been test-printed and comes with a how-to section that explains how to achieve the best print.

Create a 3D model—
Make your own model using TinkerCad, a free 3D design tool. Use it to create simple 3D designs from scratch or to modify existing designs. It’s a free online program used through a web browser. There is no need to download any software. TinkerCad also includes built-in lessons to help teach new users.

Do you have any tips for more successful printing?

Sure! Here are just a few to get started.

  • Rafts and supports will increase the chance of a successful print job. A raft is a bottom layer that your model will print on. The raft helps keep your job adhered to the print bed. Supports are an important part of your project if your model has an overhang. Please specify under “Notes” if your print requires different settings as this will ensure a more successful print for your job.
  • The standard settings used for 3D prints are 10% Infill with 0.2mm Layer Height and 2 Shells. Please specify under “Notes” if your print requires different settings. Note: Adjusting these setting will increase print time.

Submit a job


Click or drag a file to this area to upload.