A 3D Printer uses plastic filament, which it melts and extrudes through a tiny nozzle, to build and create 3D objects. Users can download existing design files or create their own designs to create custom projects. 3D Printer projects can range from printing a replacement part for a piece of equipment, to printing out a custom keychain, to designing a prototype for a new product.
Users of the 3D Printer must be 18 years old and complete the certification course in order to use the 3D Printer without supervision. Users ages 12-17 may use the 3D Printer after completing the certification course, but must be supervised by an adult who has also completed the certification course. The certification course includes a video class, an online test, and an in-person safety orientation. See below to start the process!
- First, watch the 3D Printer Video Class
- Second, take the 3D Printer Online Test
- Finally, schedule your in-person safety orientation
- Make reservations for the 3D Printer at https://norfolk-ne.libcal.com/reserve/makerspace.
- Users must use the MakerBot PLA filament provided by the library. A variety of colors are available. Users pay for any prints created at a rate of $0.10/gram.
- Need a refresher tutorial or additional help? Schedule an appointment with a MakerSpace Instructor.
- Brand: MakerBot Replicator +
- Print Technology: Fused deposition modeling
- Maximum build volume: 11.6" L x 7.6" W x 6.5" H.
- Layer Resolution: 100 microns
- Material Used: MakerBot PLA Material (provided by the library in a variety of colors)
- File type compatibility: ".stl" files are compatible with the MakerBot
Other Resources and Helpful Info
- 3D Printer Instruction Binder Materials
- Find free 3D files to download at Thingiverse.com
- Thingiverse Tutorial - YouTube (6 mins)
- Customize files or create your own designs for free with Tinkercad
- Navigating in Tinkercad - YouTube (8 mins)
- Modifying and Creating 3D Models in Tinkercad - YouTube (10 mins)
- For Advanced 3D Design – Fusion360
The 3D Printer was purchased with funds from the City of Norfolk and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.