The Library provides access to new and emerging technologies, such as 3D printers, to inspire interest in design and assist people in bringing their creations to life. Our 3D Printing Policy (PDF) outlines how the public may use the 3D printers.
What 3D Printing Is
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, turns digital 3D models into solid objects by building them up in layers. The 3D printing process turns a whole object into thousands of tiny little slices, and then makes it from the bottom-up, slice by slice. Those tiny layers stick together to form a solid object.
What We Have
The Library owns multiple 3D printers. All are fused deposition modeling printers, which work on an "additive" principle by printing material in layers.
How We Schedule 3D Prints Scheduling helps ensure equitable access to the printers. While we make every effort to schedule print requests as soon as possible, requests should be made at least 48 hours, or two business days, in advance. The Library cannot guarantee producing print submissions in a specific time frame, and reserves the right to choose the order in which jobs are printed to maximize efficiency.