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Carolina, RI  02812
Phone: 401-364-6100
Fax: 401-364-7675
 

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3D Printing Service

We are now offering a 3D Printing Service  For Patrons!

 

We have a DaVinci 1.0A 3-D Printer that will print small to medium scale models with food-safe, non-toxic, PLA filament.  We currently offer printing in white filament only, though the completed objects can be painted with acrylic paints or any other model painting supplies/techniques.

 

We are offering 3D Printing Services for a small supplies fee to patrons in good standing.  

 

The fee is $0.25 per meter of filament used with a minimum fee of $1.00.

 

If you wish to utilize this service, the process is as follows:

 

  • Design your object.

    • You can use any software that will generate a .STL file

    • We have had good results with Cookie Caster (for making custom cookie cutters), TinkerCAD (for general 3D design) and 3D Slash (for block-based, Minecraft-style building).  All these are free online and allow downloading of the final file in the required format.

    • Be sure your object will fit in our printer.  The Maximun Printable area is 7.8 inches x 7.8 inches x 7.8 inches. Additional specifications for the printer can be found HERE. Larger items may need to printed in sections and glued together after printing.

    • If you require assistance in designing your object, we offer Open Tech Help Hours on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

  • Submit your object for approval and a fee estimate.

    • We will load your file into our XYZ Printing Software and ensure the item can printed and meets the object guidelines outlined in the 3D Printing Service Policy Agreement.

    • The software provides a usage estimate for the filament from which we will calculate the cost of printing your design.

    • We will then contact you with the service fee and/or any needed changes.

  • Submit your 3D Printing Service Agreement and your object file for printing.

    • If you design is approved and the fee is acceptable, you may then submit the .STL file and a signed 3D Printing User Agreement to the library.

    • Files and paperwork may be delivered by email to clarklibrarytech@gmail.com or in person at the desk with the file on a labeled USB drive (that will be returned with the object).

    • Your item will then be printed as soon as is reasonable.

  • Pick up your object and pay your fees.

 

If you have any questions you can call and speak to Alexis, the Emerging Technologies Associate or email at clarklibrarytech@gmail.com.

To give you an idea as to what a meter of filament creates, here are a few project examples.

Cube

Designed with 3D Slash

1.5 in X 1.5 in X 1.5 in (hollow)

3.76 meters of filament used

Cost Estimate: $1.00

Cookie Cutter

Designed with Cookie Caster

4.25 in x 4.25 in x .75 in

6.84 meters of filament used

Cost Estimate: $1.70