3D Printing

3D Printing at Plano Public Library

3D Printing Available at Davis, Harrington & Parr Libraries

Davis Library
7501-B Independence Pkwy
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Harrington Library
1501 18th Street
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Parr Library
6200 Windhaven Pkwy

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”
  • FreeCAD – parametric modeling, good for engineering
  • OpenSCAD – script-based modeling, good for machine parts
  • Blender – advanced modeling for animation, art
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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

  • All patrons are welcome to use the 3D printer service
  • Computer use is limited to Plano Public Library card holders

Design Consultation

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

Printing Price: 20¢ per gram — $1.00 minimum
(cash or check only)

Patron is notified when 3D print is ready for pickup. 3D print objects must be picked up by the patron who submitted the print request. 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 filament fabrication (FFF) 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

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3D Printing Policy

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