The Glen Ellyn Public Library Foundation generously donated a MakerBot to the library in 2013. The MakerBot is a unique device allowing Glen Ellyn Public Library Members to create toys, models and objects using cutting-edge drafting software.

What’s 3D Printing?

3D printing allows library members to create 3D models by using computer software to build an exact replica of that model in plastic.

Putting it simply, members draft an idea beginning with a sketch and finish with a 3D physical object. The process teaches accuracy, 3 dimensional thinking, and working within the design constraints of the 3d printer.

The Glen Ellyn Public Library uses TinkerCAD , a free browser based 3D modeling program, to teach members to create objects in 3 dimensional form. Then members use the MakerBot Replicator to print rendered 3 dimensional objects in actual size and shape. Using the TinkerCAD software, members have been able to create buttons, toys, and miniature furniture with a minimum of instruction and loads of fun!

For more information or to arrange a demonstration contact the Youth Department at the Glen Ellyn Public Library: Email:  Phone:  630-790-6620.

To submit a 3D model for 3D printing:

Send an email with “3D Print” in the subject line to makerbot[at]gepl[dot]org with the STL file of the object attached as well as the desired dimensions of the completed object.

Once your submission has been received library staff will review your 3D model for printability and appropriateness. If changes are needed you will receive a email detailing the changes.

If no changes are needed your model will be printed and kept for pickup in the 3D printer display case. You will receive an email letting you know it is ready for pickup. Ask at the Youth Department desk for your model. You can expect models to be printed in about a week but printing time can vary due to class use of the printer or printer downtime.


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