Introducing Fletcher Free Library's new Makerbot Replicator+
We're so happy to bring you 3D printing! Our printer was made possible by grants from VASE (Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering) and Google.
1. Design on your own, OR through our Tinkercad Classroom (great for makers 12 and under).
3. Wait for an email from us telling you when your project will print and watch us print live on the library's youtube.com channel!
4. Pick up your project at the Tech Center Desk.
How big can I print?
The Maximum build size on our MakerBot Replicator + is 11.6 x 7.6 x 6.5 inches.
Please be aware that the library is limited to print jobs that are 8 hrs or under. When you submit your print job, we'll run it through the Makerbot software to get a time estimate. If the print job is too large or will take too long, staff will communicate and work with you to see if there's a way we can accomodate your project.
What material do you use for printing?
Currently, we are only able to print using PLA. You can find out more about the PLA we use on the Makerbot website.
How much does it cost?
0-1/2 hour of print time is free. Anything beyond is $1.00 for each half hour. We will round up to the nearest 15 minutes.
Ex: Your print job will take 50 minutes to print. Your cost is $1.00.
We use Makerbot's time estimate to figure our costs. When you submit your print job to us, we'll send you an email back with the cost, color, and the date your print job will be completed. If we need to delay printing, or there are changes, we will communicate with you through email.
I don't want my project livestreamed on youtube.com. Can I still print through the library?
Yes! When you submit your design for printing, be sure answer "no" to the question "Is it OK for the library to record and post a video of your project being printed on youtube.com?"
I signed up for Tinkercad access, but when I enter my nickname, I see the message "We cannot find that Nickname. Please try again. Ask your teacher if you need help."
It can take up to a couple of days for us to add you to the classroom. Please wait until you receive an email from the library saying you have access. Thanks for being patient! If you've been waiting for 3 days and still can't access the classroom, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you show me some examples of what I can print at the library?
You can see some examples of our prints at the top of this page or view our youtube.com channel to watch prints being made. We have put together a Pinterest board for more ideas for what you can print. We also suggest browsing Thingiverse and Tinkercad.
Where can I ask a question that's not answered here?
We're happy to answer any questions you have about 3D printing at FFL! You can email Abby at email@example.com.
- 3D printing resources
For questions, tips, and basic "how to's", you can watch our youtube videos, 3D printing at FFL and Tinkercad 101.
Looking for inspiration? We've saved some great ideas on our 3D print Pinterest board!
*Please be aware that the projects you find on Tinkercad and Thingverse are submitted by the public. If you have concerns about wether or not these websites are appropriate for a young person, we recommend reviewing the website first.