Have you seen the crazy machine at the Library that melts plastic and 10 hours later it’s made a desk organizer? Welcome to the world of 3D printing.
3D printing has been around for quite some time, but until recently, it’s been cost prohibitive for the average hobbyist. The library is home to 2 Prusa MK3 printers and a Taz 5 with a rainbow of filaments to complete your 3D dream.
Where can you find 3D designs to print? The most popular sources are ready made cad drawings from sites like Thingiverse.com or MyMiniFactory.com. You can also take almost any object and with the magic of our 3D scanner, turn it into a digitized format that can then be transferred to the 3D printer. More advanced hobbyists use software such as Tinkercad, Meshmixer, SketchUp and 123D Design in conjunction with their iPhone, iPad or computers to create unique printable models.
In learning this new technology, Library Staff have made a variety of 3D prints, including puzzles, snakes, flowers and even a series of popular movie characters recreated in the form of Mini Buddhas. Silly? Yes, but all in an effort to hone our skills and learn the tips and tricks of 3D printing so that your creative idea can become a 3D reality.
3D Printing…the only limit is your imagination!