3D Printing


3D printer-website

Get creative using our 3D printer!


You can make toys, model parts, game pieces, and much more!

Getting Started


  • Choose designs from numerous websites, or create your own designs using open source CAD software. 
  • Bring your .STL or .OBJ file in on a flash drive.
  • Staff will review the file with you, provide a total cost, and prepare your print job.
  • Cost is 10¢ per gram of plastic with a $1 minimum.
  • Once your object is completed, we will contact you to pick it up.

Specifications


  • Printer: Ultimaker 2 Extended
  • Maximum size: 223 x 223 x 305 mm / 8.77 x 8.77 x 12 inches
  • Material: PLA plastic
  • Objects print in a single color
  • Accepted File Formats: .stl .obj

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take?
Normally the library will be able to complete print requests in 2 to 3 days. We will add your request to our print queue and contact you as soon as the item is ready for pick up. 

How large is 10 grams of plastic?
The weight of an object depends upon how hollow or solid an object is designed and printed. Feel free to stop by the library with your .stl or .obj file and we can give you an estimate of weight and cost. You can also download Cura that will give you weight estimates.

My object has multiple parts. Should I submit them as a single file or each as separate file?
You should submit each part or component of your object as a separate file. This allows the library to optimize the print settings for each component.

Can I estimate the weight of my objects at home?
You can download Cura, the same free software the library uses to estimate weight for pricing.
 
Can the library re-size my object for me?
During the design process users should refine the exact dimensions before exporting as a .stl or .obj file. Resizing designs once you are at the library is not reliable as library staff’s ability to edit is limited and can introduce complications. We recommend designing your object in millimeters for best results.

Great websites for 3D design:


 
Learn about 3D creation with Lynda.com! Login with your Burleson Library Card and PIN. Link to Lynda.com

Thingiverse: We use this one the most. Thingiverse has free pre-made models of all kinds! Link to Thingiverse
                      
Tinkercad: The most user friendly 3D design program. This free cloud based 3D modeling software is for creating more basic designs, but has great step by step tutorials to help get you started with 3D design. Link to Tinkercad
                
Sketchup: User friendly and free to download, Sketchup also offers the option of using pre-made models to enhance your designs. Link to Sketchup

FreeCAD - Advanced users will appreciate the power and depth of this software that can you download for free to your computer. Link to FreeCAD / Video tutorials

OpenSCAD - This is a favorite among advanced users. Download this software for free to your computer. Link to OpenSCAD / See tutorials

Sculptris: An advanced zbrush based design software. A very organic based design program that really allows you to manipulate shapes into very detailed and artistic models. It's considered a digital sculpting software. Link to Sculptris