I want to design my own 3D model. Where can I find free 3D modeling software?
Options for free software include:
- Tinkercad - a free program that works in your web browser; no need to download any software.
- OpenSCAD - recommended for designing machine parts.
- Sketchup – free version available. Download Sketchup STL to export as an STL file.
- Blender – open source 3D software. For best results, use the 3D Printing Toolbox extension.
I want to print a file someone else designed. Where can I find free files of 3D models?
There are some great online communities sharing 3D files to download, remix, and print.
- The Autodesk 123D group on Instructables
- Sketchup’s 3D Warehouse
- The Thingiverse library from the Makerbot community
How much does 3D printing cost?
We charge based on the use of printing material, $.10 per gram. Adequate funds must be available in the user’s GoPrint account before we can schedule a print job. You can set up or add funds to a LBCC GoPrint account in advance.
How large can my print job be?
Our Afinia H800 has a build envelope of 10" x 8" x 8" – print jobs need to fit inside this area.
What file type should my 3D model be?
Please submit your 3D model as an STL file.
How long does 3D printing take at the LBCC Library?
The time it will take to print your submission depends on a number of factors, such as the length of the print queue and the size of the item you are printing. We recommend allowing two weeks for your submission to be completed. Please let us know of any time constraints when you submit your request.
What type of plastic does the 3D printer use?
We are currently using ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) filament in our 3D printer.