3D Printing

The Library offers 3D printing on a Bambu Lab X1 Carbon 

The Library’s 3D printer empowers residents to create three-dimensional objects in plastic.  Download a cool object or design your own to get started today!

Purchase of our 3D printer was made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Mahwah Library with a neighborhood grant from the Starbucks Foundation.

3D Printing in the Library

This is a staff-facilitated service and only staff have “hands-on” access to the 3D printer.  Patrons can submit a 3D print object file (.stl or .3ML format only), for printing via the online form, below.

Staff will schedule prints in the order they are received but cannot guarantee the print will be completed same-day. The size and complexity of the print will increase the print-time.  Larger prints may be scheduled for overnight printing, and prints taking more than 12 hours may be declined.  We will contact you when your print is complete.

Cost is based on the final weight of your printed object. The cost is $.15/gram.  Staff can provide an estimate before your print begins, but the final cost will be based on the actual weight of your item measured on a postal scale.  Payment must be made at the Circulation Desk at the time of pick up.

Print priority is given to Mahwah cardholders, though any library guest can request a print, first-come, first-serve.

Tips & Tricks

Need a place to get started?  Try one of these online communities of designers who have posted their 3D print designs, for free, on the Internet. Here are some popular sites to browse the Makerverse and find a 3D print object (.stl file):

Thingiverse: is one of the largest communities of makers, offering user-created 3D digital designs. Everything is free and everything is cool.

Printables: is another huge community site, with thousands of 3D designs to download for free.

Tinkercad: includes a community gallery of 3D objects made with Tinkercad software that are free to download.

Creality Cloud: is the showcase for Creality’s all-in-one 3D printing platform.  Includes free and paid designs.

3D Print Examples

Examples of 3D prints of .stl files found online.  Many 3D models are available to download and print.  Remember to download the design you want as an .STL file for printing.

It’s fun to download a cool toy or object, but you can also design your own 3D objects, using Computer Aided Design, or CAD, software.  CAD software allows you to design and render objects as digital files to print.

Here are some resources to check out that offer free CAD software you can download on your own devices or use on the web, then ask the Library to print:

TinkerCad: a free, web-based software for designing 3D objects. You can also browse other users’ 3D objects, and copy or modify them for your own printing. Tutorials and handy tricks are available as well.

SketchUp: offers both paid and free plans.  The free, web-based version is available to students and educators.  The paid version includes more robust features, including a desktop app.

AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS: are professional CAD software.  AutoCAD is available free for school students and educators, as long as they can prove their education status.  SOLIDWORKS offers a discount for students and educators.

3d CAD Designed Part for Printing

When designing your own object, remember to save your design as an .STL file for printing in the Library.

Advanced users can download the Bambu Studio slicer and use it to slightly modify designs them before printing. Bambu Studio is not CAD software and editing functionality is limited to rotating or duplicating the object, defining areas to be printed in different colors, or adding text.

Bambu Studio can also be used to set printing parameters such as quality, strength, support, and more.  Tutorials are available on YouTube.  However, we recommend using the default settings unless you have a specific reason to change them. 

After making changes to your design using Bambu Studio, slice the plate being careful to check and correct for any errors, then export the sliced plate in .3mf format for uploading.

The Library will not refund the cost of the print or reprint the object due to dissatisfaction with color, quality, design, or other advanced options selected by the user.

Bambu Studio - Printer Selection X1 Carbon

When configuring Bambu Studio, select the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon and 0.4mm nozzle.

Bambu Studio - Filament Selection - PLA Basic

When prompted for filament selection, select only Bambu Lab as a vendor and Bambu PLA Basic as a filament type.

If you would like an object printed in multiple colors, you must be comfortable using the Bambu Studio slicer software.

Add up to four Bambu PLA Basic Filaments in Bambu Studio, and use the color picker to select your preferred colors. (Color availability is limited to those listed in the form, below.)  Then “paint” your object by clicking on it, and then using the color painting tool.  Remember to slice the plate and export your design in .3mf format.  Tutorials are available on YouTube and staff can provide limited assistance with painting. 

Note that printing in multiple colors significantly increases both the print time and filament waste.

The Library will not refund the cost of the print or reprint the object due to dissatisfaction with color, quality, design, or other advanced options selected by the user.

Bone Dragon 3D Printed in Seven Colors

The popular “Articulated Bone Dragon” from user kh4rj0 on Printables printed in multiple colors.

Bambu Studio - Color Selection - PLA Basic

Printing in multiple colors requires familiarity with Bambu Studio slicer software.

Restrictions

The Library reserves the right to refuse the production of any content at any time, at the discretion of library staff. Examples of objects that may not be produced include, but are not limited to:

  • Objects that are too large for the 3D printer’s build-plate: 256mm x 256mm x 256mm (10″ x 10″ x 10″) and/or that will exceed the permissible printing time (~12 hours).
  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others, including weapons or parts thereof.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. (I.e., the 3D printers may not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.)
3D Printed Prohibited Items

Not all designs are suitable for 3D printing in the Library.  See the 3D Printing Policy for more information.

3D Print Request

3D printing is governed by the Library’s 3D Printing Policy. Please review the policy before submitting your design. Your request may be rejected if it does not follow the Library guidelines.

3d Print Request
Name
Name
First
Last
Mahwah cardholders will receive priority.
Number of Colors
The Bambu Lab X1 Carbon can print using up to four colors. Printing in multiple colors significantly increases print time and waste, and requires a sliced file.
Single Color Selection (Choose Only One)
The Library stocks PLA filament in a variety of colors. Only PLA filament supplied by the Library may be used.
Multi-Color Selections (Choose Up To Four)
The Library stocks PLA filament in a variety of colors. Only PLA filament supplied by the Library may be used. Select up to four colors. Printing in multiple colors significantly increases print time and waste, and requires a sliced file showing the selected colors.

Maximum file size: 33.55MB

Maximum file size: 33.55MB

I have read and agree to the Library's 3D printing policy