3D Printing at OCPL

Available Now

Visit our new and improved Tech Lab to 3D print something of your own.

*Video above is a timelapse of around 3 hours

welcome to the third dimension

Dhile the library has been happy to provide patron access to 2D printing for years, we are excited to add a whole new dimension. In our new and improved Tech Lab, use our powerful gaming/graphics PC to try out 3D printing or modeling for yourself and print out a 3D object of your very own.

About our 3d Printer

Original Prusa MINI+

Build Volume 180 x 180 x 180 mm | 7 x 7 x 7 in
Layer height 0.05 – 0.25 mm
Nozzle 0.4 mm default, wide range of other diameters/nozzles supported
Filament diameter 1.75 mm
Supported materials Wide range of thermoplastics, including PLA, PETG, ASA, ABS, PC (Polycarbonate), CPE, PVA/BVOH, PVB, HIPS, PP (Polypropylene), Flex, nGen, Nylon, Woodfill and other filled materials.
Max travel speed 200+ mm/s
Max nozzle temperature 280 °C / 536 °F
Max heatbed temperature 100 °C / 212 °F
Extruder Bowden system with 3:1 gearing
Print surface Removable magnetic steel sheet heatbed with cold corners compensation

3d printer policy

Approved

3-21-22

Updated

3-23-22

OCPL 3D Printer Policy

  1. 3D printers are available to library card holders to make three-dimensional objects in PLA plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.
  2. The library’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. The public is not permitted to use the library’s 3D printers to create material that is:
    1. Prohibited by local, state, or federal law
    2. Unsafe, harmful, or dangerous, or that may pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others, for example: guns, knives, or other lethal weapons.
    3. Anything obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
  3. 3D printed creations cannot violate another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
  4. The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  5. There is a materials charge of $1. Per hour of the printing process, with a minimum charge of $1. Charges will be rounded to 15 min. increments of 25 cents.  Payment must be made before the design is printed.
  6. Depending on demand, length of time required for printing, and available resources, the library may limit the number of print jobs per day per person or entity. The library may refuse any print that is larger than deemed appropriate or that takes over 5 hours to print. 
  7. Only designated Library staff have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
  8. Design software is installed on the computers in the Tech Room.
  9. Design files must have an. stl or.obj extension.
  10. Items not picked up within 10 days after being printed become the property of OCPL. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them or an authorized designee. 
  11. The library is not responsible for the functionality or quality of content produced on the 3D printer. No post processing will be done by staff.  Reprints must be paid for if requested.
  12. Supervision of the use of the 3D printer by library staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgement, of any unapparent final use of the 3D products, and the library specifically disclaims nay knowledge thereof.
  13. Only library materials may be used.

Find 3d files

To get an object from digital to physical, you must slice an .stl file and convert it to .gcode. Before that, you need an STL file.

Thingiverse

One of the first websites of its kind, maintained by 3D printer manufacturer Makerbot. Allows for easy sharing and remixes of existing designs.

Thangs

A newer alternative to Thingiverse and not specifically linked to any 3D printer manufacturer. Has a web based full 3d viewer.

yeggi

A meta-search for 3D files that looks for models from several different 3D Sources.

Printables.com

The newest big site out there. Ultimate features including social features, pre-rendered GCode support and design challenges. Created by Prusa Research, the 3d printer manufacturer.

Make your own

3D Modeling made simple. Visit Tinkercad.com to learn how to make your own 3D models on the web for free.

Create from real life

Watch this video to learn about 2 techniques used to digitize real world objects.

Keep up with programming

Check out our blog to see what be have coming up and if any programs are related to 3D printing

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