3D Printing

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One very special addition to the library's Media Lab is its Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer. With the 3D Printer, patrons can design objects using CAD software. The files are then transferred to the printer, which makes the object out of plastic. Patrons must attend a 3D Printing orientation at the library before they are eligible to submit designs for printing. The library hosts 3D Printing workshops every Thursday.

We recommend TinkerCAD and 3DTin for designers who want free, easy-to-use, browser based software to create their 3D designs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit files for 3D Printing?

Once you attend a 3D Printing orientation, you can send us files at this link: 3D Printing Submission.

What is the biggest size that you can print?  

We recommend that you submit designs that are no bigger than a 6” cube. 

We now have a second 3D printer that has additional color options, but the largest design that it can print is a 4.5" cube.

Can it print my design while I wait?  

No. The printing is scheduled out by library staff, since each print job can take 20-30 minutes or more.

How long will I have to wait before what I send is printed? 

We try to print everything that is sent within one week of receipt. We e-mail patrons as soon as their designs are ready to be claimed.

How many colors can it print

Up to 2 colors per design.

What kinds of things can it print? 

Original (patron created) designs

Is there a charge?  

Nope! At this time we are able to print patrons designs completely free of charge.

Where/when can I learn more? 

All new designers must attend a 3D Printing orientation before they can submit designs to the library for printing.These are offered during open lab hours on Tuesdays at 5:00pm, or you can schedule an appointment with Lesley at lesley.kohles@baytown.org

We also host 3D Printing workshops every Thursday afternoon to demonstrate how to build new things using 3D printing technology.

Who can use it? 

Anyone age 13 and up. Kids age 8-12 are welcome to use the lab as long as a parent or guardian is with them.

What if I have more questions?

Send them to Lesley at Lesley.Kohles@Baytown.org.

Want to see the Printer in action? Take a look at the video below!