3D Printed Items

Our Maker Space is available during programs — but you can learn how to design and create projects with just a computer and the internet! Then send them our way, and we will test their feasibility and print them for you.

3D Printing at the Woburn Public Library:

A 3D printer is a device for making a three-dimensional model from a computer generated digital design. Successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes to form the object. Here at the Woburn Public Library we own two 3D Printers: A Lulzbot Taz 6 and a Lulzbot Mini 2.

With these two machines we want to bring to Woburn the concepts of 3D printing and personal manufacturing so that Library patrons can develop design skills needed to take full advantage of new creative opportunities. Woburn is a center for technological advancement in today’s information and high-tech manufacturing economy. The Library is excited to be able to offer access to tools that help our community members cultivate the skills necessary for entry and growth in these fields.

How Can You Use Them?

To use our 3D printers you can send a design you would like printed via e-mail to wobdesign@minlib.netmailto:wobdesign@minlib.net. Following your submission, we will contact you with a price quote for printing your design, an estimated wait time, and your print options. We charge $0.25 (twenty-five cents) per gram for 3D printed objects.

The Library makes no commitment to being able to produce print submissions in a specific time frame. Please submit your design well in advance. In choosing the print order, the Library will do its best to maximize efficiency and give as many people as possible a chance to obtain a print.

The library reserves the right to decline any print job.

Email wobdesign@minlib.net to schedule an appointment to discuss your design or submit it to print.

Learn More at a 3D Design Workshop!

We offer drop-in 3D Design labs on the schedule, as well as hands-on workshops taught by our staff and experienced design professionals. Attendees of 3D Design labs will be able to print the object they designed at no cost. Check our calendar for upcoming labs and to sign up for workshops.

How can I create a design?

There are many free-to-use programs available for designing a 3D Object. The following platforms are free to use:

Tinkercad: Simple and free to use. Tinkercad is a Web Browser based 3D design program. Our librarian led 3D Design workshops will focus on teaching the basic of Tinkercad for building 3D objects. Recommended for those just starting out and intermediate designers.

SketchUp: Includes both free and pro software options. The free version is web based. To import/export STL files, download the SketchUp STL extension. We recommend this software for advanced designers.

Blender: Free and open source modeling and animation software. Blender needs to be downloaded to your computer. Add the 3D Print Toolbox to set up files for printing. We recommend this software for advanced designers.

OpenSCAD: Free software designed for CAD. OpenSCAD needs to be downloaded to your computer. We recommend this software for advanced designers.

FreeCAD: Free and open source parametric modeling software. FreeCAD needs to be downloaded to your computer. We recommend this software for advanced designers.

How can I find an already made design?

There are many website where you can find 3D Objects to print. The following websites mainly host objects that are free to download:

Thingiverse: From Makerbot. You can find objects to print or modify yourself. Remember, any object uploaded to Thingiverse is subject to the creator’s copyright. Though many creators are happy for you to modify their designs, not all designers want their designs changed. Read the designers’ notes!

3D Warehouse: From SketchUp. Search for files created by other users with SketchUp’s software. As with Thingiverse, not all designers want their designs changed. Read the designers’ notes!

Instructables: From Autodesk’s 123D. Find files for you to 3D print and laser cut along with classes to help you learn how to make more objects! Though many creators are happy for you to modify their designs, not all designers want their designs changed. Read the designers’ notes!

More Questions?

Email wobdesign@minlib.net for more information about 3D Printing at the Woburn Public Library!