3-D Printer

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.

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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 salisburyfreelibrary@tds.net), 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.

What’s next?

  • 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!

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