3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital file using layers of melted plastic. We have a MakerBot Replicator Z18 at our Central and Alton branches. We use PLA (polylactic acid) filament, a biodegradable corn-based plastic ideal for use with MakerBot printers.
Q: What printing software does the MakerBot use?
We use MakerBot Print.
Q: What file formats are compatible with the MakerBot?
The format must be either .stl, .obj, or .thing.
Q: How can I use the library’s 3D printer?
To get started, you must:
- Have a Burlington Public Library card
- Be over age 14 or accompanied by parent/caregiver
- Attend a FREE 3D Printer Certification class
Q: What can I print?
The possibilities are endless! Check out the many pre-designed objects available for 3D printing on Thingiverse. Once you’re ready to create and print your own 3D designs, we recommend and offer free classes on Tinkercad.
Q: When can I print?
The printer is available at Central and Alton branches on a first-come, first-served basis from the time the library opens. All print jobs must be completed 30 minutes before the library closes.
Q: Is there a cost to using the 3D printer?
Yes, the cost of printing is $1 plus $1/every 20 minutes of use.
Q: What colours can I print in?
The library has 10 different colours of plastic filament available for use with the 3D printer: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, grey, beige, white, black. We are unable to accommodate customer requests for specific colours. Please call the branch before your visit to find out the Colour of the Day.
Q: What is the process for 3D printing an object at the library?
When you wish to use the 3D printer:
- Identify yourself to staff as someone who wants to use the printer.
- Be informed by staff about printer basics, for example: cost and the colour of the day.
- Open file in MakerBot Print on the 3D printer PC and edit settings.
- Check the Print Preview for time. Staff will calculate price and approve print time.
- Adjust file as needed to reach desired print time and cost.
- Pay library staff.
- Press PRINT from MakerBot Desktop menu.