3D Printing

If you've created something (via a program like Tinkercad) or downloaded something someone else designed (via a service like Thingiverse) you can request that it be printed using one of our 3D printers.

To print something you will need:

  • A library card

  • An object no larger than 230mm wide (x vector) x 223mm deep (y vector) x 205mm high (z vector) formatted in an .stl file

Support Material Types: PLA and PVA

PLA

  • PLA is a hard plastic, the same plastic out of which we will make your item.
    • Pros: PLA weighs less, so it is less expensive.
    • Cons: PLA supports will have to be removed by hand by you, which may result in a rougher surface. It may be difficult to get them fully removed.

PVA

  • PVA is a clear and colorless material.
    • Pros: It will dissolve completely in warm water overnight, making it easy to completely remove all the supports.
    • Cons: This material weighs more and therefore may result in a more expensive final cost to you.

Cost

The charge for 3D printing is $.20 per gram. After you submit your file, library staff will send you an email with the cost and ask if you agree to the amount. When your confirmation is received, staff will proceed with your print job.

All print requests will be added to a queue and will be printed in the order in which they were received. Library staff will print all projects as quickly as possible based on staff time and availability. You will be notified when your object has been printed and is ready for pickup. Any object not picked up within 7 days will not be kept.

You can submit one request at a time. When your object is printed and you've been notified it is ready you may submit another request.

3D Printing Request Form

Submit your file for printing using the form below. You will receive a confirmation email from the library.

If there are any questions regarding your object, library staff may contact you.

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Please enter a valid HCPL Library card number.

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Please choose a Library for the 3D print job from the list.

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Invalid input or file size exceeds the maximum.

Please select a support material

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You must accept the HCPL 3D Printing Policy to proceed with the file upload.

3D Printing Guidelines

The Digital Media Labs at the Libbie Mill, Twin Hickory, and Varina Libraries have a 3D printer. Customers may request objects be printed by library staff. Requests will be printed on a first come, first served basis as staff time allows.

The Library reserves the right to refuse printing of any content at any time at the discretion of Library staff. Examples of specific content that will not be printed include, but is not limited to content or objects:

  1. That are illegal or harmful to minors
  2. That may be construed as having intent to harm
  3. That may infringe upon the intellectual property rights of a third party
  4. Larger than 10cm Wide x 22.5cm Deep x 20.5cm High

The Library cannot guarantee model quality, stability, confidentiality of designs or specific delivery times. The Library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of its computers or equipment. By submitting content or objects, the Customer agrees to indemnify and hold the Library and the County of Henrico harmless in all matters related to patented, trademarked or copyrighted materials.

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