3D Printing

Submit Your 3D Print Request

The library offers 3D print services to the community. Submit your files and and we'll print out your creation for a small fee.

3D Printing Policy

The Library will review each file before it is printed. In accordance with the Library Board Approved Rules of Behavior Policy, the 3D printer may not be used to create weapons, firearms, or destructive materials. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request. Before submitting files, please check the 3D print specs below for max print time, max print size, etc.


What is 3D Printing?

3D printing is the process of taking a digital design file and turning it into a 3D object. In recent years, 3D printers have become available for public use. Both amateurs and professionals can create their own designs, or download them from the internet, and print out the 3D object. Bloomingdale Public Library owns two 3D printers, and we use plastic PLA filament to print out your 3D designs. PLA filament is an environmentally safe, biodegradable plastic.


Using Our 3D Printers

The 3D printers are open to all library users and are not limited to Bloomingdale patrons. Submit your 3D print request, and a librarian will contact you within one week to confirm your file submission, your estimated print cost, and estimated print time. 3D Print Club for Teens is a monthly club for 7th-12th graders to learn how to use our 3D printers.

Ready to print? Submit your 3D print request. Please check the 3D print specs below before submitting.


3D Print Specs

- Printers available: Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 and Lulzbot Taz 6
- Maximum print size: 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11 in x 11 in x 9.8in)
- Maximum print time: 8 hours (for all files submitted). If your project/files are over 8 hours total, you must break you project into smaller time increments. We only accept one 8 hour project per patron per two week period.
- File types accepted: .stl or .obj
- Print colors: Filament color choices are available on the 3D print request form
- Filament type: PLA only
- File names: Before uploading, name your print file as your full name and the color of filament. (Example: John Thompson True Black.stl) If you're submitting multiple files, please number your files. (Example: 01 John Thompson Cool Grey, 02 John Thompson Cool Grey, etc.)
- Cost: 50 cents per half hour of printing
- Payment: Cash only
- Pick up and pay for your item at the Adult Reference Desk
- You will not be charged for failed prints
- Prints will be processed in the order that they're received
- Staff will contact you within one week to confirm your file submission, your estimated print cost, and estimated print time.
- Please allow up to 2-3 weeks for prints to be completed


Get Started With 3D Printing

Try out the following free sites to get started!

Tinkercad - Create 3D designs and download the files for 3D printing. Having a tough time learning Tinkercad? Visit Lynda.com with your Bloomingdale Public Library card to take a course on Tinkercad.

Thingiverse - Thingiverse has user created .stl and .obj files ready for download and printing. If you'd like to make changes to a file, download a design and then upload it to your Tinkercad account.

Selva3D - Selva3D takes 2D .jpeg or .png files and turns them into 3D images. This works best with images that are pure black and white.


Questions?

Questions about 3D Printing? Contact us at 3dprint@mybpl.org.

Submit Your 3D Print Request