3D Printing at the Library
The Library offers our community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community bring their creations to life. Our 3d Printing Services Policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the Library’s 3D printers.
What a 3D Printer is
The Library’s 3D printer is a manufacturing device available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. Successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes to form the object.
What We Have
We have a Lulzbot Mini named Ada, after Ada Lovelace (our icon of Ada is taken from Sydney Padua’s delightful The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.) The Lulzbot Mini is a fused deposition modeling printer which works on an “additive” principle by printing material in layers. We also offer a variety of design software aimed at beginners and novices available online through the library computers including 123D Design, Meshmixer, and Tinkercad.
Why It Is Important
Personal manufacturing is going to have increasingly profound social impacts, in ways that have yet to be anticipated. The Library wants to bring to Brookline the concepts of what 3D printing and personal manufacturing are all about, along with an understanding of the design skills needed to take full advantage of the creative opportunities that are arising. Brookline is a tremendously creative community, and the Library is excited to be able to offer access to another avenue for the expression of that creativity.
How to Use It
The demand and interest in our 3D printer has been very strong. Since prints can usually take several hours, use of the 3D printer must be scheduled. This process will help to ensure that those wanting to use the printer will have the opportunity to do so. While we make every effort to schedule as soon as possible, please ask for a time at least 48 hours in advance (in terms of business days). The Library makes no commitment to being able to produce print submissions in a specific timeframe and will choose the order in which jobs are printed to maximize efficiency and give as many people as possible a chance to obtain a print.
Ready to print?
Email BRK3DPrint@minlib.net to schedule an appointment if you’d like to discuss your design.
To submit a print job, please use our online form here.