3D Printing is the action or process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession. — Oxford Dictionaries Online
First came the print revolution. Now we are in the 3D print revolution. The possibilities are endless.
If you can design it, a 3D printer can print it. From body organs to jet fighter parts to a kindergarten project, 3D printing is used today in a wide variety of ways with unlimited possibilities. As the cost of 3D printing goes down, each person has an opportunity to experiment with personally manufacturing a single item.
Camden Public Library’s mission – Read. Connect. Discover. – is to bring access and knowledge to the community, whether through our print collections, or new technologies as they become available: computers, printers, scanners, telescopes, iPads, e-books. Now we are proud to offer a 3D printer, the current new technology which is in wide use in many industries throughout the world.
This year we’ll host the 4th annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of making. Creating an opportunity for community members to design and print throughout the year has long been our goal
We currently have one LulzBot Mini 3D Printer on display in the Rotunda when not in use. The LulzBot brand is made in the USA and has been around for several years. This model prints objects up to 6″x6″x6.2″. We currently offer three colors to choose from.
The filament we offer is plant-based, recyclable PLA plastic (#7). PLA does not contain BPA and no safety concerns have been raised about using it with food. PLA is not heat resistant.
Everyone in the community is welcome to use the 3D printing service. However, only trained library staff will handle the 3D printer and associated equipment and it may not always print on display. If you would like to watch it in action, you can take your chances and drop by, or make plans in advance by getting in touch with the 3D Printing Coordinator.
Printing cost is $0.15 per gram of filament. Total cost is based on the estimate given by the printing software program after you submit your design. Printing fees are collected at the Circulation Desk at time of pickup. Most 3D print items cost $5 or less, based on the maximum print area of 6″x6″x6.2″. When you submit a 3D Print Request form, we ask you to select an option regarding cost. For example, a bookmark may be printed with approximately 4 grams of filament, costing $0.60 (sixty cents).
Printing times vary based on size, complexity, and any backlog. We aim to have each job completed within 1-2 weeks of submission. Please indicate on the 3D Print Request form if you would like us to notify you if the print job will take longer than 2 weeks.
Want to watch your item being printed? Our current printing schedule, in order of request submission, is Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5pm – 9pm and Sunday, 1pm – 4pm.
Do you have a group that would like to learn about 3D printing? Please contact the 3D Printing Coordinator directly.