The library charges $0.10/gram
After you send in your request, you will receive an email letting you know how much the print will cost and asking for approval to charge your library account.
Once we receive approval, we will charge your account with the cost of the print.
Payment is due at time of pickup.
Yes. Library staff will notify you of the estimated cost of your print before it is printed.
You will need to approve this cost before the library will send the request to the printer.
The library has two 3D printers: the Dremel 3D45 and the BambuLab X1-Carbon.
No. The library does not allow patron-supplied filament.
The library offers PLA, ECO-ABS, and, PETG filaments.
3D prints are created layer by layer. Print resolution determines how thin or thick each layer is. Thin layers will create more polished looking prints, while thicker layers will be more noticeable.
The library offers:
The level of infill determines if the printed object will be hollow or solid. Certain 3D models will require minimum amount of infill in order to print correctly.
The options available are 0%, 20%, 50%, 100%. We currently do not offer gradual infill.
Yes! Each of our branches have 3D printed swatches for the colors available. You can also visit the Libratory during its open hours to see sample prints with different amounts of infill.
Support materials are objects printed in addition to the main print in order to ensure the accuracy and stability of the print.
These can be added by the slicer software before printing, or they can be added during the initial design process using CAD software.
If you would like assistance in removing the support materials, please mention this in your correspondence and our staff will remove what they can before delivering the final print.
Support materials will not be added without approval from the patron requesting the print.
Library staff will notify you if they believe your print will benefit from support materials. You will also be given an estimate of the cost with and without support materials for comparison.
If you approve the addition of support materials, you will be responsible for paying for the support materials in addition to the main print.
Prints can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
Print time depends on the size of the object, the amount of infill, and the print resolution.
To ensure fair access to the library's 3D printing services, prints with estimated print times longer than six hours will not be processed.
The library does not currently offer classes on creating models for 3D printing.
Visit the Libratory page for some of our recommended courses and a list of other resources.
You can also set up a one-on-one appointment with staff to go over your file with you to evaluate it for any possible errors which might occur during the printing process.
You must pick up your print within two weeks from the time that we notify you that your print is ready.
After two weeks, you will need to contact the Libratory to make other arrangements for pick up.
If the print is not picked up within 30 days of the notification that it is ready for pick up, it becomes property of the Lake County Public Library.