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3D Printing

3D Printing is the process of creating a physical object from a three-dimensional model. Our 3D printer does this by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession to build an object. We use a Dremel 3D45 3D printer. The maximum size of 3D objects is 10" x 6" x 6.7". Prints will be printed using PLA filament. PLA filament is available in orange, pink, red, gold, white, grey, black, purple, blue, green, and yellow.

How Our Process Works

Step 1:

Create a 3D model or object you would like us to print.

Step 2:

Save your work in .STL or .OBJ format.

Step 3:

Fill out and submit the Submit a Job Form.

Step 4:

The Library will print your item.

Step 5:

Staff will contact you when your print is ready for pick up.

Please Note: Unclaimed items will become the property of the Library. GPLD is not responsible for failed 3D prints and will not be liable for functional failure of or injuries or property damage caused by objects or materials made through the use of 3D printers.

How Do I Create a 3D Model?
Free Creation Tools
There are a variety of software options available that allow for output for the .STL or .OBJ file formats that are used to print from our 3D printer. Here are a couple free options that are great for learning and experimenting with 3D modeling:


Tinkercad is one of the most popular tools for creating simple 3D designs from scratch or modifying existing designs. It's a free online program used through a web browser. There is no need to download any software. Tinkercad also includes built-in lessons to help teach new users.

Try Tinkercad Online


Blender is a free and open source 3D creation program that includes tools for 3D modeling, rigging, animation, etc. It is downloadable and has versions available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Blender is a solid option for those familiar with 3D modeling.

Download Blender

Paid Creation Tools
Here some additional options for 3D design software. Please note that all of these are paid software, though most of them do have free trials.

Fusion 360
Rhinoceros 3D
Pre-Designed 3D Models
Thingiverse is a website dedicated to sharing primarily free-to-use and open source user-created digital design files, including 3D designs which can be downloaded and printed using a 3D printer.

Browse Thingiverse
3D Printing FAQs
How often can I submit a print job?
You may submit one print request at a time per person. This service is available for GPLD cardholders only.
What colors are available?
What colors are available?
PLA Filament is available in a variety of colors but subject to availability. Limited to one color per print.


Orange, Pink, Red, Gold, White, Grey, Black, Purple, Blue, Green, and Yellow
What are the software defaults the Library uses to print unless there are specifications noted?
The software defaults we use for all prints unless otherwise specified are:


Medium 0.2mm

Infill (refers to how solid a piece is):


Supports as necessary unless otherwise indicated in the notes.

How long will it take to print my 3D object?

Please allow at least two weeks for completion. Note that jobs may take longer than two weeks in the event of high 3D printer demand. We will notify you when your object is ready to pick up. 

How much does 3D printing cost and how do I pay?

Prints Cost:

$.10 per gram.

You may pay for your print online at by signing into MY ACCOUNT. The fee will be displayed in the ‘Fines’ tab. You may also pay for your print in the Library at a self-checkout station, via the card reader. We do not accept cash at this time.

Our 3D Print Gallery

black 3d printed tree frog next to a black 3d printed version of the gpld logo on top of a dremel 3d printer
pink 3d printed bendy lizard on the back of a grey chair
gold 3d printed plaque that reads "chance made us collegues but fun and laughter made us friends"
white 3d printed succulent pot
gold 3d printed honey comb shaped earring holder
grey 3d printed bust
black 3d printed bendy cat on top of a dremel 3d printer
pink 3d printed cat stretching