3D Printing

3D Printing Guidelines

This service is available at Davis Library 

7501-B Independence Pkwy



3D Printing Classes Schedule

Methods To Create Design Model

Use 3D design software programs - many are available from the Internet and are free

  • Tinkercad – drop-and-drag solid modeling for beginners
  • SketchUp – good for architecture, interior design
  • Sculptris – digital sculpting “from clay”
  • Blender – advanced modeling for animation, art
  • FreeCAD – parametric modeling, good for engineering
  • OpenSCAD – script-based modeling, good for machine parts
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Use a pre-existing design repository (Thingiverse, YouMagine, My Mini Factory).Look for free designs that have printed successfully many times and are copyright free

Photograph an object with a digital camera and use special software to create a design

Scan an object with a 3D scanner

Submit Design Model To Print

Eligibility Requirements

  • Plano resident or resident of a reciprocal city (Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Richardson, The Colony, Wylie)
  • Plano Library card in good standing
  • Account balance of $25.00 or less

Design Consultation

  • Patron brings design file in .STL on a flash drive to Davis Library and meets with staff
  • Patron gives expected dimensions of design and maximum budget amount
  • Library returns flash drive after project is done

Printing Price: 20¢ per gram — $1.00 minimum

Patron is notified when 3D print is ready for pickup. 3D print objects and flash drives are held for 10 days after notification

Technical Specifications

3D print objects must be smaller than 8.75” by 8.75” by 8.75”

3D print objects are printed using fused deposition modeling (FDM) with ABS thermoplastic filament in a single staff-selected color

3D print objects are printed by staff using a PolyPrinter 229

 Design Guidelines

The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request

The 3D printer may only be used for lawful purposes. 3D objects must not be intended for harm

3D objects must not infringe upon any third party’s intellectual property rights

The patron is responsible for object design. Staff will not modify designs submitted for printing. The patron will be notified if the design is unprintable

Before submitting the 3D print request, the patron may minimize design errors by using free versions of .STL file fixing software such as Netfabb, Autodesk Meshmixer, or MeshLab

Printer Friendly 3D Print Guidelines

PolyPrinter 229

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