A 3D printer is a machine that can take instructions from a digital blueprint of a 3D object, and build it right before your eyes. Using a technique called Fused Deposition Modeling, the printer is fed plastic filament from a spool and, like a glue gun, pushes it out of a hot nozzle, allowing the plastic to cool and harden. The nozzle travels in a pattern set by the computer, and the object slowly builds up, layer by layer. That's the simple version, at least.
At PPLD, our Makerspaces provide our community with access to 3D Printing services. We offer Drop-off 3D Printing Services if you already have a design ready to go in a .STL format. Just drop it off with our staff at the MAKE desk at Library 21C and we'll print it for you (with some restrictions).
We also allow patrons to come in during Makerspace Open Hours at Library 21c, East Library, and Sand Creek Library to 3D print on any machine that they have been "Badged" to use. Getting badged is easy. You watch a 15-20 minute video, take a quiz, then notify a staff member next time you come to the library to use the makerspace.
We provide access to Lulzbot TAZ Mini's and Lulzbot TAZ 6 printers at Library 21c, East Library, and Sand Creek Library.
Click on the link below to get started with the badging process, or if you want to review the videos to brush up on how to run the machine.