The Glen Ellyn Public Library’s MakerBot Replicator three-dimensional (3D) printer melts plastic filament to create paper-thin layers that build professional-quality, high-resolution 3D objects from digital designs.
- Create a Tinkercad account. Tinkercad is free 3D design software that’s great for beginners age 13 and older.
- Use Tinkercad to view lessons and projects and create your own design and its associated .stl file. For ideas, see our 3D Design Competition Gallery below.
- Email your design .stl file to makerbot followed by @gepl.org with the subject “3D Print.” If your design requires printing to specific dimensions, or if you prefer a specific print color, please let us know in your email. The maximum printing size is 7.8″ L x 9.9″ W x 5.9″ H. You will receive an automated confirmation when we receive your request.
- Pick up your printed design at the Youth Desk when you receive our email telling you it is ready. Printing may take two weeks or more.
Please see our 3D Printing Policy for additional information.
Is a 3D printer a device that is practical for individuals, or is it more suited to business and industry?
Both individuals and businesses can benefit from 3D printing. Individuals can create items that are not easily obtained in stores, as well as one-of-a-kind items like toys, jewelry, and gifts. Businesses can use professional-grade 3D printers to create prototypes and to personalize items.
Why does the library offer this service?
The Glen Ellyn Public Library strives to provide access to new technologies relevant to the community. 3D printing is an ever-growing, ever-changing technology that offers a wide range of possibilities for the present, and continues to shape the future. 3D technology also supports Common Core, STEAM learning, and ISTE Standards.
What type of material/filament is used?
The Makerbot Replicator uses a 1.75mm PLA plastic filament. It is a cheaper plastic that biodegrades under the right conditions.
Is the printing only available to youth?
No, everyone is welcome to print!
I’m a teacher at a Glen Ellyn school and would like my students to receive a demo. What should I do?
Staff would love to work with you. Contact us at makerbot followed by @gepl.org.
I’m a Glen Ellyn business owner and would like to design a 3D print as a model for a product I’m designing. Can I use your library’s services?
3D printing services for organizations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by emailing makerbot followed by @gepl.org.