3D Printing at Cannon Library

The MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer is available to library card holders to make three-dimensional objects in plastic (environmentally friendly) using a design that is exported from the MakerBot Print software.


Getting Started
  1. Be prepared to spend some time learning. 3D printing involves some trial and error experiences.
  2. Review the Usage Policy (included below).
  3. Design in the library or at home.
  4. Select or design the object to be printed.
  5. Prepare it for printing with MakerBot Print Software.
  6. Save it to a USB drive.
  7. Print the object.

Usage Policy:

The library's 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes.

Don't print items:
  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law
  • Are unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  • Are obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment
  • In violation of another's intellectual property rights (copyright, patent, or trademark)
3D printing at the library is currently free.
  • Individuals printing more than 10 hours per week will need to provide their own MakerBot Filament.
Only trained individuals over the age of 15 will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
  • A staff member will train individuals in the use of the 3D printer. Training opportunities will be based on staff and 3D printer availability. See staff to schedule training.
Printing Restrictions:
  • Files can be downloaded and prepared at the library or brought to the library on a flash drive.
  • Files must be in the .makerbot file format to print. 
  • Printed objects must be smaller than 11.6" x 7.6" x 6.3".
  • Files must not be larger than 25MB.
  • Must be completed during library operating hours.
  • Individual must remain with the printer for the first 15% of the print job and leave contact information with a staff member.
  • Jobs that appear to be failing will be canceled. 

The following free software is available for use in the library or may be downloaded on a personal computer.
  • Find it on Thingiverse! (www.thingiverse.com) Eager to get started with the 3D printer, but not sure where to begin? Visit MakerBot Thingiverse, which is a 3D design community where you can discover, download, and print over 100,000 free 3D models.
  • Prepare and print it with MakerBot Print Software! (www.makerbot.com/print) MakerBot Print is the software specificallly designed for the library's MakerBot Replicator+. This free yet powerful tool works in tandem with your favorite 3D design software to create watertight, ready-to-print 3D models.
  • Design with SketchUp! (https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-free) SketchUp is free 3D modeling software that's easy to learn and incredibly fun to use. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like.
Many instructional videos are available on YouTube.