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


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


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.


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.