3D Printing at Buckham Memorial Library

Ultimaker 2+

Buckham Memorial Library has a Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer which prints digital designs as 3D objects in a non-toxic biodegradable plastic called PLA (available in a variety of colors). 3D printing costs $0.10/gram and is available for use by Buckham Memorial Library cardholders. Please read the 3D Printing Policy and Procedures for complete details.

How 3D Printing Works

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Create A Digital Design with Open-Source Software

3D design software allows you to construct a 3D model by simply dragging and dropping shapes (programming knowledge not necessary). Buckham Library suggests Tinkercad as an easy software for designing 3D models. Tinkercad is a free online open-source design software. Get started with Tinkercad by visiting http://www.tinkercad.com/

Learn How to Use Tinkercad

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Export and Prepare Design for Printing

A design needs to be sliced before it can be 3D printed. Download and install the free slicing software, Cura to your computer.

Get Cura for Ultimaker 2+ here: https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software

Learn How to Use Cura

When slicing your design be sure to use the following settings in Cura:

  • Printer: Ultimaker 2+
  • Nozzle: 0.4 mm
  • Material: PLA
  • Setup: Simple
  • Profile: Normal Quality
  • Infill: Light
  • Helpers: Generate Brim & General Support Structure

Designs should be saved in the .stl file format.

IMPORTANT: Instead of saving your file to a removable drive (SD card) as directed in the Cura video, please save the .stl file of your design to your computer.

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Submit .stl File for 3D Printing

Email the .stl file as an attachment to buckhamprint@gmail.com.

Please complete and submit the 3D Printing Request Form.

Designs must be compliant with the 3D Printing Policy and Procedures.

If you have any questions please, email library@ci.faribault.mn.us.