3-D Printing and Scanning

3-D Printing and Scanning

The Fab Lab has 3-D printers, available for public use.

The Library offers classes on the basics -- and more -- of 3-D printing. The Fab Lab also has a 3-D scanner available for public use. You can find out more about the 3-D scanner below.


3-D Printer

What do I need to use the 3-D printer? 

A library card, a filled-out form and your object formatted in an .stl file.

Printing costs are $.05 per gram (of object's weight) plus a $1 charge. It will be charged to your library account. (Most prints range from $1-$5.)

What's the process for using the 3-D printer?

On-demand services are currently on hold. But you can reserve time with the 3-D printers after going through orientation and certification. You can find out more details about the Fab Lab orientations and 3-D printer certifications on the Fab Lab page.

For more information about 3-D printing, scanning and reservations, you can also check out the 3-D Printing and Scanning Policy.
 

3-D Scanner

The Fab Lab offers a 3-D scanner to create electronic files of physical objects. Those files can then be modified and used to print out a similar object with a 3-D printer, such as those offered in the Fab Lab.

What do I need to use the 3-D scanner?
A library card, a filled-out form (you can download the PDF or Word version of the form) and the object you want scanned.

Scanning costs are $5 an object. It will be charged to your library account.

What's the process for using the 3-D scanner?
  1. Fill out one form per item in person in the Fab Lab. Or fill out the form (PDF or Word) at home and bring in to the Fab Lab.
  2. When you hand in your form and item, staff will give you a receipt.
  3. Staff will scan your object, and email you your scanned object, as an .stl and an .obj file. You will be charged $5 to your library account. Scanning times vary, depending on customer demand and staffing.
  4. You have 14 days to retrieve your scanned item; you must present a valid picture ID when picking up your item. 
For more information about 3-D printing, scanning and reservations, you can also check out the 3-D Printing and Scanning Policy.

Have other questions? Contact Us!

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