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Getting Started with 3D Printing

3D printers take a STL 3D model and extrude it, layer by layer. Think of a really nice hot glue gun that builds models that you've designed! The Library prints using PLA filament and has it in white, green, orange, yellow, purple, and blue. The charge for 3D prints is 5¢ per gram.

If you are new to 3D printing and modeling, here are some resources to get you started:

3D Printing Tips

Translating a digital model to a 3D print can be tricky. Here are some helpful tips when considering your designs:

  • Size: the Lulzbot TAZ 5 can print objects up to 11.4" x 10.8" x 9.8".
  • Overhangs: Since a model prints layer by layer from the bottom up, the steepest angle the printer can handle is 45 degrees. This means that if there is a part of your model that juts out, the printer could extrude material in mid air. Support material can be added, but you would need to pick away the material, which can be time consuming.
  • Time: Make sure you have an idea of how long your model will take to print, some can take a deceptively long amount of time. Feel free to download Cura, our 3D print control software, and upload your 3D model for a time estimate.
  • Layer thickness: Referred to as resolution in the 3D printing world, the Lulzbot TAZ 5 can print layers from .003" to .0138". Currently, the Library only prints at AAAA".
  • Temperature: for PLA filament, the nozzle temperature is 200 degrees Celcius, and the bed temperature is 60 degrees Celcius.

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