3D Printing

Thomas Ford Memorial Library’s 3D Printer is a Jellybox, created by IMADE3D. The Jellybox emphasizes open source components and is designed as a teaching tool for use in classroom and other educational settings. The Jellybox was constructed by participants in a tween program and was purchased as a programming tool for library use. When the Jellybox is not in use by staff for programming purposes, it may be available for prints submitted by Thomas Ford library users.

How does a 3D printer work?

The 3D printer works by taking an object that has been designed in a computer program and recreating it using a plastic filament extruded through the nozzle of the printer onto a flat surface. The extruder nozzle moves back and forth across the surface of the bed to place layer after layer of plastic filament as it builds the object.

Can I use the 3D printer?

Library patrons can use the printer during library programs. Check our Events page for upcoming technology programs.

Can I have something printed on the printer?

When the printer is not in use for library programs, library staff can print items for patrons using the following considerations:

  • Print designs must be complete. Staff cannot edit design files. Before you submit your print, be sure that it is the size you desire and oriented in a way that it will be well supported during printing. Makezine has a good article on pitfalls to avoid while designing your 3D print.
  • Prints must be submitted as an .STL file
  • Prints may not exceed 6” x 6” x 5.5”
  • One print request per person will be accepted at a time.
  • Cost of printing is .10 cents per gram with a minimum of $1.00. You do not need to pay the cost of failed prints. Before we print your item, we will let you know the cost.
  • The printer will only print an object in a single color. You can submit color preference, however, staff will determine/change the color based on availability of filament.
  • Once you have submitted your print request, a library staff member will respond to you within 24 hours to give an estimated time for print completion and price for the print. We cannot guarantee that a print will be available by a specific date. Please plan ahead.
  • Prints are processed in the order they are received and printing time is dependent on staff availability. Priority is given to library programs and school projects. Once your print is complete you will be notified.
  • Staff will review the file and reserve the right to decline a print based on content, including but not limited to objects which are:
    • Prohibited by State or Federal Law
    • Harmful, dangerous, or in violation of Library policy
    • In violation of any copyright, patent, or trademark
How do I submit a print?

Fill out the form below and library staff will contact you with instructions on submitting your print file.