The library has recently acquired a Da Vinci Mini w 3-D printer. Click on the link to go to the manufacture’s website and learn more.
What does it do?
- Prints with PLA filament (a biodegradable, corn-based plastic alternative).
- Accepts the following file types: .stl , XYZ Format (.3w), 3mf
- Will print objects up to 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches
- We only currently have translucent light blue filament available.
- We do not have a 3-D scanner, so it does not work as a “photocopier” of objects. It prints from a file of an object, not from the object itself.
There is currently no charge for printing with the 3-D printer, although there may be one in the future depending on demand. If you provide us with a compatible 3-D object file (email to firstname.lastname@example.org), we can print it for you. Build times of objects vary but can take several hours.
How to get a file?
- You can make your own using design software or find an object file on the internet. The sites listed below all require you to make a free account in order to download objects or software.
- The most popular site for 3-D printable objects is Thingiverse.
- XYZPrinting also has a gallery of printable objects ready to download.
- Our printer came with XYZMaker 1.0, a simple 3-D design application.
- For other design software, we’ve heard good things about Makerbot’s apps and Tinkercad although we haven’t tried them out yet.
- Now that we’ve learned how to find and print things, the staff is going to learn how to design things. Then we can offer workshops and one-on-one tutorials on both designing and printing objects!