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When a print request is approved by library staff, it will be added to a queue in the order in which it was approved.

When a print job is complete, the library will notify the patron via email. The patron may pick up the printed object at the Children’s Desk within one week of being notified.

The cost for 3D printing is $0.25/hour as estimated by Flashprint, the 3D slicing software.

This nominal fee is due when the patron picks up the object.

The library will not approve print requests that are illegal under local, state, or federal law;or unsafe or dangerous. Patrons are responsible for complying with copyright restrictions. The library may deny a print request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would lead to violation of copyright law.

The library reserves the right to decline any print job.

Some print jobs may be too intricate for the library’s 3D printer to handle. If a print job fails twice, the library will move on to the next job in the queue. We will not print models that take over 6 hours to complete.

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PLA = Polylactic acid, a biodegradable plastic made from plant material.

ABS = Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, the same plastic as LEGO bricks. Not biodegradable, but more durable than PLA)

Choose one only: PLA = Polylactic acid, a biodegradable plastic made from plant material; ABS = Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, the same plastic as Lego bricks. Not biodegradable, but more durable than PLA)
Please enter a number from 1 to 250.
Max. file size: 1,000 MB.
File must end in”.stl”
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3D Printing Tips

For beginners to 3D printing, we recommend starting off with Tinkercad.com

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-learn 3D design platform. There is no software to download or install. All design work takes place within the online browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.), so this makes it ideal for students using Chromebooks. All work is also saved online, “in the cloud,” so you can log in anywhere to access your designs. The only time you need to download anything is when you’re ready to export your model for 3D printing. 

Children under 13 must have parental consent when creating an account. 

The website also includes several interactive tutorials to help you get started. We recommend you work your way through all of them.

 A two-button mouse with a scroll wheel will help to make your design work much easier. 

Because Tinkercad is owned by Autodesk, it also serves as a good introduction to more sophisticated 3D software. When you outgrow the capabilities of Tinkercad, you’ll find that many of the tools are similar when upgrading to professional-level software.

Exporting from Tinkercad:

tinkercad export a

tinkercad export b

Policy

Acton Memorial Library 3D Printing Policy

Like computer literacy, familiarity with 3D printing is fast becoming a 21st century necessity. Designing and printing solid objects teaches us how to mentally visualize in three dimensions, a skill that is crucial for all branches of science and technology. The Acton Memorial Library is happy that we can now offer this service.

A library patron may submit one 3D model file per week to be printed by library staff.

These files should be saved in the STL format.

When a print request is approved by library staff, it will be added to a queue in the order in which it was approved.

When a print job is complete, the library will notify the patron via email. The patron may pick up the printed object at the Children’s Desk within one week of being notified.

The cost for 3D printing is $0.25/hour as estimated by Flashprint, the 3D printing software.

This nominal fee is due when the patron picks up the object.

The library will not approve print requests that are illegal under local, state, or federal law;or unsafe or dangerous. Patrons are responsible for complying with copyright restrictions. The library may deny a print request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would lead to violation of copyright law.

The library reserves the right to decline any print job.

Some print jobs may be too intricate for the library’s 3D printer to handle. If a print job fails twice, the library will move on to the next job in the queue. We will not print models that take over 6 hours to complete.