Thanks to a grant funded by the Emmaus Rotary Club, we are excited to offer a MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer for our patrons!
The 3D printer can be used to make three-dimensional objects using PLA filament with a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. Lehigh Carbon County Cooperative and Lower Macungie Library patrons of all ages are able to submit designs to be printed on the 3D printer.
How to 3D Print
Step 1: Getting Started/FAQ – Learn everything you need to know about printing with us.
Step 2: Design – Create, select, or find a design to print.
Step 3: Policy – Review our 3D Printing Policy.
Step 4: Submission – Submit your 3D design file for printing through e-mail.
The larger the model, the higher the final weight of the model will be. Finals models can range in cost from $0.25 to $40.00 or more and are only limited by size and print time. If you unsure about how much your design might cost, check out our Preselected 3D Prints in the following steps to see what a model of comparable size costs to print.
Any needed rafts or supports will be added to the overall weight and cost of the final model.
Additional Information to Consider
3D printed objects may have small bumps, holes, and/or rough edges due to the printing process. These can be cleaned up using fine sand paper.
Objects are printed from the bottom up. If a design has a large overhang or suspended parts, support material and/or rafts may be used. These additions are easily removed by the patron and the library will not be responsible for removing any supports and/or rafts.
Designing Your 3D Print
Option 1: Creating Your Own Custom Design
We recommend using these free design tools to start creating your own designs.
Option 2: Choosing a Design from Our Preselected Recommendations
The best choice for first time 3D printer users and for those who aren’t sure where to start.
#003 – Evergreen Tree Christmas Ornament
Website Link: thingiverse.com
Creator: Craig (w3ace)
Description: It’s a puzzle, it’s an ornament, it’s a decoration and it is nostalgic, bringing back memories of plastic models and game pieces attached on cards.
Printing Cost: $5.50
Option 3: Choosing a Design From a Model Sharing Website
The best choice for first time 3D printer users and for thoSearch from hundreds of premade designs in order to find one that suits your needs on these websites.
If you are choosing a design from option 1 or 3, make sure to download the proper files before proceeding to the next step.
If you are choosing from option 2, make note of the item number (ex: #001) before continuing.
Please Note: All designs must be submitted in an .stl or .obj file format.