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Free 3D Printing at ImagineIF Libraries

January 16, 2024, By in Announcements.

Embark on a journey into the future of technology and creativity with ImagineIF Libraries’ groundbreaking initiative — the Free Public 3D Printing Pilot Program! Running from January 2024 to May 2024 or until we reach the $500.00 filament milestone, this program is designed to bring the captivating world of 3D printing to our community. By participating, you’re not just gaining access to this technology; you’re actively contributing to the shaping of our community’s future.

How It Works: Submitting Your 3D Printing Requests is a Breeze!

ImagineIF Libraries is making 3D printing accessible to everyone by providing and easy-to-use online submission process. Fill out our online form with your basic details, provide a link to a Creative Commons-licensed 3D file from websites like Thingiverse or Printables, agree to our program’s terms and conditions, and hit submit! Our user-friendly interface ensures a smooth and exciting experience, making the wonders of 3D printing accessible to all.

Once your 3D prints are ready, swing by any ImagineIF location to pick them up! To enhance the program’s success, we kindly ask you to complete a brief survey upon pick-up. Your feedback is invaluable, helping us shape the future of our 3D printing services and ensuring an even more exciting experience for you and your fellow community members.

Ready to embark on this creative adventure? Click here to access the online request form and let the 3D printing magic begin!

3D Printing Pilot Program Q & A

  • Q: What is the Free Public 3D Printing Pilot Program?
    A: The program is an initiative by ImagineIF Libraries to provide free access to 3D printing services for personal and educational purposes.
  • Q: When does the program end?
    A: The program will conclude in May 2024 or upon using $500.00 of filament, whichever comes first.
  • Q: How can I participate?
    A: To participate, fill out the online request form available on the ImagineIF Libraries website.
  • Q: What information is required in the online request form?
    A: You’ll need to provide your first name, last name, library card number, email address, phone number, select your preferred pickup location, and provide us with the link to your 3D Printable design.
  • Q: Can I submit a file from Google Drive or Dropbox?
    A: No, currently, we cannot accept files from file-sharing sites due to security restrictions and the program’s defined scope. If you have designed your own file, we kindly ask you to upload it to a website under a Creative Commons license.
  • Q: Can I print my own design?
    A: If you have created your own file, you will need to upload it to a website under a Creative Commons license.
  • Q: How many prints can I request during the pilot period?
    A: Each patron can request up to 3 prints.
  • Q: Are there restrictions on the files accepted?
    A: Yes, only 3D files with Creative Commons licenses that are hosted publicly will be accepted. Files containing weapons, projectiles, or NSFW content will not be accepted.
  • Q: What is the purpose of the program guidelines?
    A: The guidelines ensure that 3D printing is used for non-commercial and educational purposes while maintaining a friendly and supportive environment.
  • Q: How will the prints be delivered?
    A: Prints will be delivered with supports still intact, providing a glimpse into the printing process. You can choose the library location to pick up your 3D print.
  • Q: What type of filament will be used?
    A: PLA filament will be used for all prints
  • Q: Why is the survey important?
    A: The survey helps gather valuable insights to improve the program and tailor the future 3D printing service to community needs.
  • Q: Where can I find 3D files for submission?
    A: Approved websites include Thingiverse, Printables, YouMagine, NIH 3D Print Exchange, NASA 3D Resources, and African Fossils.
  • Q: Can I choose the color of the filament for my print?
    A: No, all prints will be produced with the filament color currently loaded in the printer.
  • Q: How many 3D printers does ImagineIF Libraries have?
    A: ImagineIF Libraries have two Dremel 3D40 Series 3D Printers.
  • Q: Can I access more information about the printers?
    A: Yes, more information can be found at:
  • Q: Can I participate if I’m not a library member?
    A: Participation requires a valid library card number.
  • Q: Can I submit a request for a friend or family member?
    A: Requests must be submitted by the patron using their library card number.
  • Q: Can I submit multiple requests at once?
    A: Yes, you can submit up to three requests during the pilot period.
  • Q: Is there a waiting period?
    A: Efforts are made to streamline the process and minimize waiting times. At this time, we do not know the wait time for a request.
  • Q: Can I participate if I’m not tech-savvy?
    A: Yes, the user-friendly interface ensures a smooth experience for all participants.
  • Q: Are there plans for future 3D printing programs?
    A: Yes, keep an eye out for more exciting 3D printing opportunities at ImagineIF Libraries.
  • Q: Is there a limit to the size of the 3D print?
    A: No, staff will alter the size so that it will fit on the print bed and/or be completed in one continuous run.
  • Q: Can I alter the design after submission?
    A: Design alterations after submission are not allowed.

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