3D printing is creating a three
dimensional, physical object from a computer file. Plastics, metals,
ceramics, and other materials (even chocolate!) are being used by a
variety of printers.
Why 3D Printing?
This new technology presents a wide range of possibilities. 3D printers are being used in households and
businesses across the world.
It is changing the future of
manufacturing, modeling and
architecture, prosthetics, and many other industries and fields.
Type of Printer and Material
The Library's FlashForge Creator Pro 3D Printer uses a safe, plant-based plastic, PLA (polylactic acid) filament.
Computer Assisted Design (CAD)
software is used to create/edit a 3D file. Once a file (STL. file) is created, it is then manipulated through a slicer program to create the path
information for the printer (G-code file). The material is then heated through a nozzle and builds the item layer by layer. 3D printing is also known as rapid prototyping and
3D Printing at the Library
The Library is always striving to
inform, inspire and enrich the
community. The 3D printer will be used to promote Digital Literacy (digitalliteracy.gov) to patrons of all ages and connect them with an
upcoming technology. Our 3D Printer Lab Sessions will be an informational process that will include basic
maintenance of the printer,
trouble-shooting and designing files.
The Library would like to provide:
· Exposure to new manufacturing / industrial technology
· Introduction to CAD software
· STEAM (stemtosteam.org)
To register for a session,
see the Reference Desk or call the
Library at 412.835.2207.
After you have taken the free class, you will be able to submit files for printing - cost $2 per hour
*Please see Library 3D Printer Policy
* Children and Teen 3D Printer
The Children's Department
offers 3D Printer Labs several times each year for students in grades K to 12. These classes will show students how our 3D printer works and what
applications 3D printers have in the real world. We will also introduce them to Tinkercad- a free online 3D design program.
Once students have come to our introductory class, they can
register to meet with a member of our Children's staff or our Teen Tech Committee if they wish to create an item to print. We will assist them with
creating their design using
Tinkercad and items will be printed by library staff at a
Please call the
Children's Desk at
412-835-2207 ext 267
for more information about 3D programs for students
* The Library reserves the right to
refuse any print job.
Free Sites on the Web
Free 3D design tool (CAD)
Free community made for sharing
3D printable files and ideas.
3D printer and 3D printing news.