3D Printing

Transforming Ideas into Reality with Our 3D Printing Services.

Print Your Imagination

We're excited to offer cutting-edge 3D printing services to our valued library cardholders. Whether you're an aspiring inventor, a student with a class project, or simply curious about this innovative technology, our 3D printing services provide you with the tools and resources to bring your ideas to life.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a revolutionary process that allows you to create three-dimensional objects from digital designs. Using specialized printers, layers of material are deposited one at a time, gradually building up the final product. From prototypes and functional parts to artistic creations, the possibilities with 3D printing are limitless.

How Does it Work?

To utilize our 3D printing services, simply complete the 3d printing request form, email your design file to highlandlibrary3d@gmail.com or bring your digital design file to the library.

Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in preparing your design for printing, ensuring optimal results. Once your design is ready, it will be sent to our 3D printer for fabrication. Depending on the complexity and size of your object, printing may take several hours or even overnight.

3D Printed Poject Examples

Rocktopus (downloaded from Lulzbot): would cost about $0.90

Flexi Dragon (downloaded from Thingiverse, 80% size: would cost about $9.10

Moon: Far Side (downloaded from NASA): would cost about $3.00

Ready To Print Your Project?

Steps for Submission

1. Submit your file (use .STL or .OBJ file formats) to the library by emailing the file or link to: highlandlibrary3d@gmail.com, or bring your file in to the Adult Reference Desk on a USB drive.

2. Alternatively, you can complete the 3D Printing Request Form instead.

3. Highland Library staff will review your file.

4. You will receive a response (usually within 72 hours) with an estimate of time, size, and cost of your print.

5. Pay at the library the estimate for material to be used via cash or check at the Front Desk.

6. Highland Library will print your object and let you know by phone or email when it is ready for pickup. Pick up items from the Adult Reference Desk inside the library during regular business hours.

Frequently Asked Questions and Cost

The library's 3D printer uses PLA plastic filament in a range of colors.

You can choose from: Red, Blue, Orange, Gold, Black Grey, White.

Objects can be printed in only one color as the printer only holds one spool/cartridge of filament at a time.

Please review the 3D Printing Policy.
Files submitted will be reviewed by our staff before printing.
Print area is: 160mm x 160mm 180mm (6.2 inches wide x 6.2 inches long x 7 inches high). This is the limit to the size of your printed object. We limit print jobs to 8 hours of print time.
If there is a problem with your file, library staff will communicate how best to proceed (by adjusting size, infill or layout).
This depends on several factors including the size of your file, the resolution desired and whether or not it will need supports to print. A cell phone case may take less than an hour to print, an object the size of a Rubik's Cube may take about five hours to print. Our sample octopus (pictured about) took 1 hour to print.

Use of the 3D Printer will be provided on a first come first server basis and printing is limited to library open hours.

Individuals may submit only one file at a time for printing. However, if time permits and no one is waiting to use the printer,  library staff, at their discretion, may permit an individual to submit more than one file for printing.

Files containing more than one object are permitted.

The Highland Library is responsible for mechanical equipment failure and will reprint an object at no additional charge whenever possible should failure occur.

Patrons will not receive a replacement job if dissatisfied with color, scale, quality, design or other options within the patron's control or that are part of the print request.

Reprints of additional copies of items mist be requested within ten (10) days of email notification, otherwise, a new 3D Printer Request Form with the design file will need to be submitted. The library will not automatically save printer request files.

3D Printing Request Form

Name(Required)
Email(Required)
Contact Method(Required)
What color PLA would you like to use?(Required)
Please select only ONE color for your project.
Please upload your .stl or .obj file(s)
Drop files here or
Accepted file types: stl, obj, Max. file size: 30 MB.
    Please be sure to review the 3D Printing Policy and add any comments or project specifications below:
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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    Highland Township
    Public Library

    Location

    444 Beach Farm Circle
    Highland, MI 48356

    Phone

    248-887-2218

    Opening Hours

    Monday through Thursday:
    10:00am - 8:00pm
    Friday and Saturday:
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sunday: Closed