The 3D Printing Studio features four Makerbot Replicator+ 3D printers. Users will need to format their print file for the Replicator+ printer with the MakerBot Print software that is available for free from the MakerBot website. This will create a file with the .makerbot extension.
Library staff will not train users! It is strongly suggested that users create a free account at TinkerCad.com and complete the first four lessons in 3D print design, or have equivalent knowledge of 3D printing, before using the 3D Printing Studio.
While filament and supporting materials are supplied by the library, they will be issued by a library staff member per use and per usage requirements. Some assistance will be provided in loading the printer, if needed and as staff availability allows, but is not a guarantee that accompanies the user's reservation. Cleaning of the print surface after a project is the responsibility of the patron using the printer and must be done within 15 minutes of the project completion.
Patrons should reserve the 3D Printing Studio for the time it takes to load the project and then again for the time when the project is estimated to be completed. While the patron does not have to be present for the actual printing of the project, it is required that start and complete times take into account the operating hours of the 3D studio as listed at nsu.libcal.com. Materials cannot sit on the printing platform longer than 15 minutes after completion. Longer times may result in the loss of the project and require hours of tedious cleaning of the printer.
Anyone making a reservation to use the 3D printers agrees to these terms. Users may, however, make a reservation to familiarize themselves with the printers and not make a project at that time, but simply use the time to examine the printer's user interface, familiarize themselves with how a project file and print materials load into the machine, and practice how to calibrate the printer before use. In fact, this is strongly suggested for first-time users.
Users who do not completely understand the previous paragraph should seek out 3D printing instruction before moving forward with using the 3D Printing Studio. Some instruction may be available through the library Media Center, but only as staff availability allows and only if it is scheduled in advance. Please contact Jennifer Galeota at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange that instruction.