What is a 3D printer?
A 3D printer is a machine that creates a physical object based on digital renderings by "printing" layers upon layers with filament. Every Arapahoe Libraries location has a 3D printer, so come discover this fascinating technology!
Why does the library have 3D printers?
We invest in emerging technologies to give you the chance to interact and learn about them in an environment that is objective and free of a sales pitch. Read our Technology Mission Statement for the whole story.
What kind of 3D printers does the library have?
Can I get something 3D printed?
Yes! If you have a file you’d like printed, fill out the 3D Print Request Form below and we’ll add your request to our 3D print queue. You'll get an email you when your print is ready to be picked up.
How much does it cost?
It’s all free!
What are the printer specs?
Max print size: 6 x 6 x 6.2in
Material: PLA filament
LulzBot Taz 5
Max print size: 11.4 x 10.8 x 9.8in
Material: ABS filament
How can I design my own 3D item?
Here are a few good sites to start learning how to create your own 3D design file:
Cookie Caster is a site where you can easily design a cookie cutter in minutes! Draw your own shape or trace an existing image to create your cookie cutter file.
Tinkercad is a great tool for beginners and experts alike. Create a free account to build a 3D design in this browser-based 3D solid modeling tool. Chrome and Firefox browsers work best.
Onshape is a powerful tool appropriate for prototyping engineering designs. Create a free account to access this full-featured browser-based CAD software system.
Can you help me learn to create a 3D design?
Of course! You can schedule an appointment or visit a technology specialist in your library for help. You can also become certified to use the 3D printers yourself. Check out the Makerspace page for more information.
If I don’t design something myself, can I still get a 3D printed item?
We sometimes print promotional giveaways and when we have extras, we give them away for free. Visit your library and talk to a Technology Specialist to find out if we have something available.
Do you have 3D scanning technology available?
Yes, in the Castlewood Makerspace.
3D printer guidelines:
- One request at a time per person.
- We cannot accommodate color requests.
- This form is only for items smaller than 6 x 6 x 6.2in.
- Once you have been contacted, you have two weeks to pick up your item from a staff member at the front desk.
- We cannot print any items protected by copyright. For more information, please read our Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.