3-D Printing FAQs

What is 3-D printing?
3-D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object from a digital file.

What type of 3-D printer is available?
The library owns a MakerFront 3-D i3Pro.

How does the 3-D printer work?
The printer creates objects by depositing successive layers of heated filament on a build plate in the printer chamber.

What type of filament is used for printing?
The MakerFront 3-D i3Pro uses PLA filament during printing. PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a plant based plastic that, although it can be brittle, is good for most printing.

What kinds of objects can I print?
The MakerFront is great for making a variety of prototypes. For complete rules and regulations, please see our 3-D Printing Policy.

Where can I find an object to print?
We recommend starting at Thingiverse. Thingiverse has thousands of premade designs ready to be printed.

How do I create my own object?
There are many free software programs that can be used to design and create objects for 3-D printing. Try:

Will you fix my project?
No, Library staff will not make any changes to a file.

How much does it cost to print something?
The cost of printing is 15₵ per gram.

Can I use the 3-D printer and print it myself?
Only designated library staff and trained volunteers have hands-on access to the printer.

Can I submit a file and have it printed now?
Due to the amount of time it takes to print and staff availability, printing is only done at certain times during the day. Library staff will notify you when your object is finished.

What type of file can be submitted?
All files must be submitted as a .stl file. Please submit each item you wish to print as an individual file. We can’t print multiple pieces from one file.

How can I submit a 3-D print file?
Please use our online 3-D Print Request Form by clicking here. Users under the age of 16 must have a parent/legal guardian submit the online print request form.

How big of an object can I print?
The maximum size is 4”w x 4″h x 4”d.

What colors can I print in?
The library offers a variety of colors of PLA filament. Please check with staff for the current color availability.

Are you interested in a 1 -on- 1 session to learn more about 3-D printing and be able to use it independently?
See our One On One Tech Coaching page [Click HERE] for information on setting an appointment.

Other questions?
Contact us via email at info@rcscommunitylibrary.org at by phone 518-756-2053.

The 3-D printer came as a Maker Front kit donated by an anonymous library supporter.