3D Printing

3D Printing Overview

3d printerEvanston Public Library is committed to proving access to emerging technologies to the community. As part of that commitment, we now offer 3D printing to Evanston teens, with Evanston Public Library Cards in grades 6-12 (ages 11-18).  Teens will be limited to 2 free print requests a month. Prints requested beyond two free prints will be charged a minimum fee of $1.00 and $.10 a gram for each gram of filament above 10 cents.  Please read the guidelines below before a submitting a print request.

Submit a Print Request 

Using the 3D Printer:

Please keep the following things in mind before you submit your request:

  • Files should be in STL format (.stl).
  • Maximum file size of 500 KB.
  • Files will be printed as is.
  • Please allow 1–2 weeks for your file to be printed.
  • You will be notified by phone or email when your print is complete. We will hold print jobs at the Teen Loft desk for 7 days.
  • The library is not responsible for failed 3D prints, although we will do our best to assist in completing successful 3D prints.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  • Only a Evanston Public Library card holder may submit files for print.

Design Resources:

New to 3D Printing?

If you’re new to 3D printing, we recommend you watch this quick video presented by Mashable. The video highlights the process of 3D printing as well as some real-world applications of 3D printing (like edible creations!).

Software

We recommend Tinkercad, a free, web based 3D design tool, for beginner designers that includes lessons or short tutorials to learn the many features available to users. You’ll need a valid email address to sign up. If you’re designing in the Loft, please see Loft Staff for the Tinkercad username and password you can use while visiting the Loft at Evanston Public Library.

You also can try SketchUp and Autodesk 123D. Both require downloading the free software.

Design Help

If you’re having trouble getting started, try these tutorials:

Additional Guidelines:

Teens are not permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create objects which are:

· Prohibited by local, state or federal law.

· Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose a threat to the well-being of others.

· In violation of the terms of use of the manufacturer of the 3D printer.

· Obscene or inappropriate for the Library environment.

· In violation of a person’s intellectual property rights, e.g., a 3D printer may not be used to reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent or trademark.

The Library reserves the right to review and approve all materials before printing. The 3D design may be examined to ensure compliance with these guidelines and is capable of production. If there is a problem with the design and/or production, the patron will be informed of the problem(s) and the change(s) needed before the design can be printed.

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