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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 two printers: Makerbot Replicator 2x, which uses ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Plastic Filament and Ultimaker 2, which uses PLA (Polylactic Acid) Plastic Filament.

Ultimaker 2

Maximum print size: 8.7 W x 8.7 L x 8 H inches (22.3 x 22.3 x 20.5 cm

One print nozzle

Uses PLA Plastic

Available Colors: Silver, Red, White, Blue, Orange, Green, Purple, Brown, and Black

 

 

Makerbot Replicator 2x

Maximum print size: 9.7 W x 6.4 L 6.1 H inches (24.6 x 16.3 15.15 cm)

Duel nozzles can print in two different colors

Prints ABS Plastic

Available Colors: Red, White, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Black  

 

How do I submit a print request?

Accepted file type extensions are .stl and .obj 

Files or website link can be sent to: cpl3dprinter@gmail.com 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. 

 

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 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:

www.thingiverse.com

https://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/models/printable

https://www.myminifactory.com/pages/explore

 

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)

www.tinkercad.com

SketchUp (Email Required)

www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-free

3DC (Android, IOS)

https://3dc.io/

Blender (Computer Download)

https:/www.blender.org

OpenSCAD (Computer Download)

http://www.openscad.org/

Sculptris (Computer Download)

http://pixologic.com/sculptris/ 

Maker’s Empire (Android, IOS) (K-8)

Get Makers Empire 3D Software

 

 

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.

Limitations

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
231-547-2651
Carrie@charlevoixlibrary.org

 

The 3-D printers were made available by a grant from the Leo S. Guthman Fund.