3D Printing

What is 3D printing?

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process in which solid objects are created from various materials based on a 3D digital design. Rather than cutting away material, objects are created by printing layers of material that are combined to produce a physical object.

What is 3D printing used for?

3D printing has a wide variety of uses. Users can create anything from jewelry and puzzle pieces to architectural models and cookie cutters. Prints can range from artistic to functional, all based on the user’s creativity and needs.

How can I use the 3D printer to print my model?

Using the 3D printer is easy. All you need is a 3D model saved or exported in .STL (stereo lithography) file format. You can email the file to tech.central@cpl.org, or bring it to TechCentral at the Main Library on a USB drive. We will review your file and a staff member will queue up your file to print. .STL files can be exported from most 3D design software packages. Additionally, you can find models in .STL format on websites like Thingiverse.com.

How much will it cost?

The cost for printing is $0.05 per gram of plastic used. We can give you an estimate prior to printing your model, and will let you know the exact price once it has finished. Most medium sized or medium complexity models cost $5.00 or less. Remember, the more intricate or larger your model is, the more plastic it will use.

Classes in 3D Printing

3D Printing Basics This workshop will introduce participants to the foundations of 3D printing. Find out what it is, what uses it has, how it works, and where you can find resources. No experience is necessary. Register at 216-623-2980.

3D Cookie Cutter Lab Create your own unique cookie cutter using a 3D printer. No 3D printer experience is necessary. Patterns are available or create your own. Register at 216-623-2980.