What is a 3D Printer:

What We Have:

We have a Lulzbot Mini and 3D scanner. The Lulzbot Mini is a fused deposition modeling printer which works on an "additive" principle by printing material in layers. We also offer a variety of design software aimed at beginners and novices installed on the library computers including 123D and OpenSCAD, among others.

Why It Is Important:

Personal manufacturing is going to have increasingly profound social impacts, much of them in ways that have yet to be anticipated. The library wants to bring to Newton the concepts of what 3D printing and personal manufacturing are all about, along with an understanding of the design skills needed to take full advantage of the creative opportunities that are arising. Newton is a tremendously creative community, and the library is excited to be able to offer access to another avenue for the expression of that creativity.

How to Use It:

The demand and interest in our 3D printer has been very strong. Since prints can usually take several hours, use of the 3D printer must be scheduled. This process will help to ensure that those wanting to use the printer will have the opportunity. While we make every effort to schedule as soon as possible, please ask for a time at least 48 hours in advance. The Library makes no commitment to being able to produce print submissions in a specific timeframe and will choose the order in which jobs are printed to maximize efficiency and give as many people as possible a chance to obtain a print.

Email 3DPrint@minlib.net to schedule an appointment to discuss your design or submit it to print.

Guidelines For Use:

  • All builds must be scheduled in advance by emailing 3DPrint@minlib.net
  • All designs must be submitted in an stl file format
  • 3D printer builds can take hours so patrons must leave their email address and phone number
  • If a build is too large or complex we suggest a commercial service
  • No hazardous or offensive items
  • The library reserves the right to decline any print job
  • Patrons will pay for material used on their build by weight, including the weight of any aborted or flawed prints.. Payment is to be made at time of pickup.
  • We will assess a charge of $1.00 (one dollar) per gram, as estimated by the printer software.
The Newton Free Library 3D printers and related equipment may be used for lawful purposes in compliance with library policies. Patrons may not upload, transmit, display, or create content that violates any law, privacy or property right. Please be aware that prints themselves may occur within public view and that the library does not make any promise that any particular print will not be seen by members of the public. We do consider that the identity of a the submitter of a job will fall under the same legal protection that extends to the privacy of the intellectual content of borrowers of library material. The Newton Free Library reserves the right to refuse to scan or print any object.

Links to Software

Useful Software

Links to Tutorials


Discover 3D Models

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