A 3D Printer prints 3D objects. It uses plastic filament, which it melts and extrudes through a tiny nozzle, to build and create projects. 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!
- Watch the 3D Printer Video Class
- Take the 3D Printer Online Test
- 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 is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.