Print 3D objects at the Library!
Before submitting your file for printing please read our 3D Printing Policy.
Please allow up to 4 business days for printing services.
At this time 3D Printing is available to Glen Ridge Public Library cardholders only.
3D PRINTING GUIDELINES
The 3D printer may be used to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. Our 3D printer accepts .x3g file formats. The computer located in the Makerspace has FlashPrint software which is capable of converting other 3D files (.stl or. obj) into .x3g files. All jobs must be submitted via the online form to the right.
The 3D printer uses PLA filament with a dual extruder; this is a corn-based degradable plastic with a low melting point. The color is set by the Library and the user may select which of the two current colors they would like their object to be printed in. Library staff cannot provide extended training on using the software or help you design your model.
We recommend the free, online program called Tinkercad to design your 3D object. You can sign up for an account with just an email address. Digital designs are also available from various file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.com.
3D PRINTING COST
3D printing pricing is based on the weight of the object(s) in grams. There is a charge for the cost of a completed or failed print at $0.20 per gram. Jobs that fail at 29% or below, will not be charged. Object(s) will be weighed by Library staff at the end of the print to determine the charge. Print jobs may be paid for by cash, check, or credit card. If the print is not picked up, the cost of the print will be applied to the patron’s library account.
Except in cases of mechanical failure, users are expected to pay for completed objects at the time of pickup and may not demand a new print in place of the original due to dissatisfaction with color, scale, quality, design, required support material, or other options pre-selected by the user.
PRINTING YOUR OBJECT
Complete the form to the right and make sure to attach your file. Once we receive your request, we will contact you with any questions and/or start printing your object. Printing is subject to staff availability. If you have any questions please call the library at or call 973-748-5482 and choose option 3. Patrons will receive an email indicating that their job is complete, the final cost, and pickup location. 3D prints that are not picked up within 7 days will become property of the Library. Objects must be picked up by the individual who submitted the original file.
3D Printing Request Form