3D Printing

3D, or three dimensional, printing is an "additive manufacturing," method whereby digital files are transformed into physical objects through heating plastic filament.

Melted plastic is then extruded through the printer's nozzle to build the object, adding layer upon layer.

You can visit these sites for design ideas and create your own:

  • Thingiverse.com
  • MyMiniFactory.com
  • Tinkercad.com
  • Blender.org
  • OnShape.com

3D Printing Guidelines

  1. 3D printers are staff-administered
  2. Printing cost: 15 cents per gram or meter for filament
  3. Print area size for Makerbot: (inches) 11.6 W x 7.6 D x 6.5 H
  4. Print area size for Creality: (inches) 11.8 W x 11.8 D x 15.7 H
  5. Print area size for Zmorph: Print area size: 9.84 x 9.25 x 6.49 in. (250 x 235 x 165 mm)
  6. File format: .STL file
  7. Print jobs are processed on a first come, first serve basis; finish times vary.
  8. Email .STL files to makerspace@littleelm.org, or bring the file on a USB drive to the Library.

    Patrons will be notified of estimated costs and when jobs are complete.

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Little Elm, TX 75068

Tel: 214-975-0430
Fax: 214-618-3582
Email: library@littleelm.org