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3D Printing

What is a 3D printer?

A 3D printer is a machine that turns a digital model into a real object by repeatedly layering small amounts of material.

The Charlevoix Public Library has one printer available: Flashforge Creator 3 Pro

Flashforge Creator 3 Pro

Max print size: 11.8”W x 9.8”L x 7.8”H (30 x 25 x 20 cm)
2 print nozzles

Available ColorsWhite, Blue, Red, Black

Filament Type: PLA Plastic
2 color printing is available with restrictions


How do I submit a print request?

Accepted file type extensions are .stl and .obj 

Files or website link can be sent to: or dropped off at the Circulation Desk via flash drive or SD card.

Anyone can send in a print request.  It will take a few days for your request to be processed and printed. 

Please include the following with your request:

* Name, phone number, and email

* Preferred Color(s)

* Preferred  Size

How much is it to print?
$.10 per gram with a minimum charge of $1.00.  An estimate price will be given before printing.

What is PLA plastic filament?
PLA, short for Polylactic Acid, is a biodegradable (under the correct conditions) thermoplastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane.

What can you make?
Ideas include: coasters, door hangers, stands, containers, replacement parts, figurines, dog tags, luggage tags, picture frames, etc.

Where are the files?
Pre-made files can be found at these websites:

Can I make my own?

The programs used are CAD based programs.  There are several free programs available that can be used online or downloaded to be used on a computer or mobile device.

Tinkercad (Email Required)

SketchUp (Email Required)

3DC (Android, IOS)

Blender (Computer Download)


OpenSCAD (Computer Download)

ZBrushCoreMini (Computer Download, Email Required)

Maker’s Empire (Android, IOS) (K-8)

Makers Empire 3D Design Software new

Retrieving your print request 

We will call or e-mail you when your item is ready to be picked up.

Finished items can be picked up and paid for at the Circulation Desk.


The library reserves the right to refuse any print or to stop a print in progress.

Any item not picked up within 14 days of being contacted will become the property of the Library.

While we will do our best with printing your request, some additional clean up may be required by you.  For example: Sanding

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the 3D printer please contact: 

Carrie Musser, Library Assistant

The 3-D printer was made available by a grant from the Friends of the Charlevoix Public Library.