The Clermont Count Public Library wants to help patrons use their imaginations and explore new technologies. The Miami Township branch is providing an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer to help patrons make their creations a reality.

How 3D printing works

A 3D printer transforms a two-dimensional design into a physical object.

Patrons can download a ready-made design file from a site like Thingiverse or create their own. The computers in the Maker Lab are equipped with CAD software to help with the design process. Below is a list of some of the design software available on the PC and Mac:

 

  • Antimony
  • Autodesk
  • Blender
  • FreeCAD
  • Meshmixer
  • Metasequoia
  • Openjscad
  • OpenSCAD
  • Sculptris
  • Tinkercad
  • Ultimaker Cura

In addition, computers in the Maker Lab provide access to Adobe Creative Cloud software, including Photoshop, which can be used to create 3D files.

Patrons can use the software of their choice to convert .stl images to G-Code files suitable for printing. If requested, Library staff will use Ultimaker Cura 3D printing software to prepare images for printing.

 

Guidelines

  • Files must be:
    • Submitted in person on a flash drive or SD card provided by the patron, in .stl or G-Code format
  • Able to be printed within six hours
  • CCPL will not accept files for printing that contain:
    • Content in violation of local, state, or federal laws.
    • Content in violation of copyright laws
    • Objects that CCPL staff consider obscene or otherwise inappropriate, such as weaponry or drug paraphernalia
  • Files can only be printed in a single color. Patrons may use one of the colors of PLA filament that CCPL provides (call for details), or they may bring a spool of PLA filament in the color of their choice.
  • Patrons may submit one item for printing per week.
  • Only designated Library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
  • Items will be printed in the order that they are submitted. Delays due to printer maintenance, number of printer requests, or other factors are possible.
  • Staff will provide an estimated printing cost prior to printing. The price is $1 per hour of printing, to be paid on completion of the print job. The cost applies whether or not the patron has brought his or her own PLA filament or used the Library’s.
  • If a model does not print correctly due to a design problem, Library staff will stop the printing process and contact the patron so he or she may adjust and resubmit the design.
  • Patrons are expected to pay for any items they ask to be printed, even if the finished product does not turn out the way they expected.
  • CCPL will save printed items for two weeks. After that, they will become the property of the library.
  • Questions? Call Miami Township staff at 513-248-0700.

 

Please fill out this order form: 3D Printer Order Form  (PDF).