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3D Printing

A guide for PPLD's 3D printers

Contact the Makerspaces

Library 21c: 
    (719) 531-6333 x1549

East Library: 
    (719) 531-6333  x1372

Sand Creek Library: 
    (719) 531-6333 x7018

Manitou Springs Library: 
    (719) 531-6333 x7004

How to Complete Badging

Using PPLD's 3D printers requires training, called "badging." To become badged on the 3D printers, you can complete the online training found on the bottom or this page or attend an in-person badging class at Library 21c, East Library, Manitou Springs Library, or Sand Creek Library. Please see the calendar of events for upcoming classes and registration here.

Badging Refresh

If you were previously badged to use the Lulzbot 3D printers, it is not required to complete the full badging process again to use the Prusa 3D printers. However, it is recommended to at least watch the sections of the Prusa badging video linked below to ensure you know how to navigate the PrusaSlicer software and safely operate the Prusa MK4 printers when you visit the makerspace.

Prusa MK4 - PrusaSlicer software demo

Prusa MK4 - Changing Filament

Prusa MK4 - Printing Overview

Online - 3D Printer Badging

Getting certified to use the 3D Printers during our makerspace Open Hours is simple. Follow the steps below to learn everything you need to know in order to use the machine.

1) Watch the video linked below. We recommend watching the entire video before proceeding to step 2, where you will take a quiz to ensure that you understand everything you need to know to use the machine safely and effectively.

PPLD - Prusa 3D Printer Badging Video


2) Complete the assessment quiz. You must enter your own individual library card number at the beginning of the quiz. If you do not yet have your own library card, please visit the library and register with us.  

You must answer all 8 questions correctly, so make sure to pay attention to the video. If you don't get it right the first time, don't worry. Look for the "View Your Accuracy" link after you finish the quiz to see how you did. If you got a question wrong, you can go back and take the quiz again. 

PPLD - 3D Printer Badging Quiz


3) Make a reservation to use a 3D printer at East Library, Library 21c, Sand Creek Library, or Manitou Springs Library.  Anyone under 18 years old must also turn in a paper Creative Space Use Agreement signed by a parent or guardian with them present. See the General Information tab for more information on reservations and agreements.

PPLD - Equipment Reservations

Minor Creative Space Use Agreement (PDF)


4) When you come in to use the laser for the first time, please notify the staff member on duty that you have completed your quiz. Have your library card number handy so we can look up your quiz results and certify completion.