Makerspace – 3d Printing

3D Printers

3D printing is a process that allows you to create physical objects from a three-dimensional digital file. The Library’s 3D printers use Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), which brings a digital design to life layer by layer.

A Few Things You Can Make

  • Prototypes
  • Replacement parts
  • Jewelry and other accessories
  • Toys

What's Available

The following 3D printers are available at the Irvington Library & Makerspace Garage:

What You'll Need

  • Filament: The Library provides PLA filament in limited colors for up to two (2) hours of printing per day. If your print will be longer than two hours, or if you require a different filament type or color, please speak with Library staff about providing your own. Library staff will need to review any filament you bring to be sure that it will work with our space and equipment.
  • SD Card: This is required to transfer your file to the 3D printer. We recommend bringing your own as the Library may not have one available for you to use.
  • Laptop: During your appointment, you will have access to a laptop with PrusaSlicer, which you can use to transfer files and adjust your print settings. You may also bring your own, just be sure to have PrusaSlicer already downloaded and set up.

Project Limitations

Prusa i3 MK3S/MK3S+ printers have a bed size of 9.84 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches (25 x 21 x 21 cm)

All prints must be completed during your reservation. Reservations have a maximum length of five (5) hours, which includes checking in for your reservation, setting up, preparing your file for printing, cooling, and removing your project from the print bed.

Safety Considerations 

  • The print nozzle and printer bed get very hot during the printing process. Do not touch either one while your project is printing. 
  • You are required to actively supervise your project as it is printing.  
  • Tell Library Staff immediately about any printer malfunctions. 
  • Those under the age of 13 must have a parent or guardian actively supervising them while using this equipment. 

How to Make a Reservation 

In order to make a reservation to use any Makerspace equipment, you will need: 

  • A library card under the name of the person who will be using the equipment 
  • A signed waiver for the person who will be using the equipment. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian sign the waiver on their behalf. 

Then, fill out the Makerspace Equipment Interest form to get started.  

Where to Find Printable Files 

Related Software 

  • PrusaSlicer: This free software converts your 3D model into code that the Library’s printers can understand. It will also tell us how long your model will take to print. 
  • Tinkercad: This free browser-based 3D modeling program is helpful for designing your own model. 

File Formats 

  • STL 
  • G-Code 
  • 3MF 

Additional Resources 

  • AC Library catalog results for 3D Printing 
  • AC Library catalog results for 3D Modeling 
  • Access LinkedIn Learning for free with your Library Card. Classes and tutorials cover a variety of topics including 3D Modeling, and Tinkercad. 
  • Access Gale Presents: Udemy for free with your Library Card. Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests. 
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