3D Printer

3D Printing FAQs

What is 3D printing?
3D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object from a digital file.

What type of 3D printer is available?
The library owns a MakerBot Replicator Mini+.

How does the 3D printer work?
The printer creates objects by depositing successive layers of heated filament on a build plate in the printer chamber.

What type of filament is used for printing?
The Replicator Mini+ uses PLA filament during printing. PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a plant based plastic that, although it can be brittle, is good for most printing.

What kinds of objects can I print?
The Replicator Mini+ is great for making a variety of prototypes. For complete rules and regulations, please see our 3D Printing Policy. Looking for ideas? Try starting at Thingiverse.

How do I create an object?
There are many free software programs that can be used to design and create objects for 3D printing. Try:

Will you fix my project?
No, Library staff will not make any changes to a file.

How much does it cost to print something?
The cost of printing is 20₵ per gram.

Can I use the 3D printer and print it myself?
Only designated library staff and trained volunteers have hands-on access to the printer.

Can I submit a file and have it printed now?
Due to the amount of time it takes to print and staff availability, printing is only done at certain times during the day. Library staff will notify you when your object is finished.

What type of file can be submitted?
All files must be submitted as a .stl file. Please submit each item you wish to print as an individual file. We can't print multiple pieces from one file.

How can I submit a 3D print file?
Please use our online 3D Print Request Form. Users under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian submit the online print request form.

How big of an object can I print?
The maximum size is 5”w x 5"h x 4”d.

What colors can I print in?
The library offers a variety of colors of PLA filament. Please check with staff for the current color availability. 

Other questions?
Contact the Reference Department at 518-792-6508 x3 or crandallinfo@sals.edu.


The 3D printer was purchased with funds from a Leo Cox Beach Foundation grant.