3D Printing

The Library is happy to offer patrons the ability to submit projects to be printed on the Library’s 3D printers. The 3D Printer can create a physical object based on a design supplied as a digital file. These can be designs you’ve created yourself, or designs you’ve obtained from another source and have permission to use.

Patrons can use the form below to submit a request to have a project printed on the Library’s 3D printer. Once you submit the form, a library staff member will contact you to arrange for you to send us the design file for the project you’d like to print. Once it is determined that the project to be printed does not violate the Library’s 3D Printing Policy, your project will go into the queue to be printed. Once it is completed, a staff member will let you know what Library building it is available to be picked up at.

What file formats can be used with the 3D printer?
The printer can create objects based on designs in the following formats:
Wavefront obj (.obj)
ACSII stl (.stl)
Binary stl (.stl)
How large can the project be?
The printer has a maximum build volume of
210 L x 210 W x 250 H mm
(8.3 L x 8.3 W x 9.84 H in)
Please note that larger print jobs will take longer and will be more expensive to print.
Where can I find designs to print if I do not create one myself?
You can go to www.thingiverse.com.  It is a 3D design sharing site that allows you to download and print 3D designs.
What is the cost to have a project printed?
The charge is $0.25 per 15 minutes of print time. Objects can only be paid for by cash or check (made out to: Friends of The Smithtown Library).  (When possible, please bring exact change.) Patrons who do not pick up their finished projects within one week will have the cost billed to their library record.
What material is being used to print my design?
Polylactic acid (PLA) is a biodegradable thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources.  For safety information about the material, please click here.

3D Printer Project Request Form

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