3D Printing

Getting Started


  • Print solid objects with a variety of materials on the Library's 3D Printer
  • Files can be created using Tinkercad, Blender, Maya, AutoCAD (Windows | OSX), SketchUp or any program that can export .stl or .obj file types
  • Objects can be printer as large as 11.02 in x 11.02 in x 9.8 in with a layer height resolution 0.2mm
  • Cost varies based on material and length of time to print

How 3D Printing Works

A 3D printer takes a 3D drawing rendered on a computer and extrudes a plastic filament to "print" the object. The David O. McKay Library has a 3D printer available so that you can turn your creations into reality. Trained students in the Mac Lab can help guide you through the process and print your 3D models for you.

First, you will need a 3D drawing to print. You can create your own using Tinkercad, Blender, Maya, AutoCAD (Windows | OSX), SketchUp, or find free designs available online. After designing or obtaining a 3D model, you will need to import it into a print preparation program to configure the print settings. For printing in the Library, you should use Cura. You will be able to tell Cura how thick eac layer should be, whether or not to print support material, and how much infill to print.


MakerBot's Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world's largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.

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MyMiniFactory, which launched in 2013, is the world’s leading curated social platform for 3D printable objects. Think of us like the YouTube for 3D printing. On MyMiniFactory, you can find tens of thousands of 3D designs ready for you to download for free. These will work with any desktop 3D printer, and we have tested every single one so that it is guaranteed to print! Our mission statement is the following: Empowering creators to share digital objects with 3D printer owners around the world. MyMiniFactory's values center around quality and openness: quality with curation to assure all the models are printable, and openness with free downloads on all printable objects.

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Second, upload your Cura project file (.curaproject.3mf) through this application. You will be notified as your design is approved, when it started printing, and when it's ready to pick up. Once your file has been approved, you can pay for it at the Circulation Desk. Once printing has been completed, you will have 2 weeks to pay for it and pick it up.

Third, after the object is finished printing, you will want to give it some finishing touches. You might remove support material, use sandpaper to smooth it out, or add some paint to give it the final appearance you want.


Download and install Cura Lulzbot Edition

Windows   |    OSX

Introduction to Cura (print preparation program)