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. See our MakerSpace Policy for all the rules for use of the MakerSpace equipment. 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
- You will be required to sign a Use and Release Agreement during your safety orientation.
- You must have an active library card in order for your certification to be complete. If you do not already have a library card, you may sign up for one at the time of your safety orientation. Please bring a photo ID and proof of your current residential address. See our Library Card Policy for acceptable documents.
- 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
- Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing
- 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)
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.