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Julie Manczak
eLibrarian
7 Minerva St. E.
Huntsville, ON
P1H 1W3

Phone: 705-789-5232 X3404


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Huntsville Public Library

3D PrintingMakerbot 3D Printer

The Huntsville Public Library's 3D printer is available for public use. We use a MakerBot Replicator. It uses PLA, a biodegradable, corn-based plastic.

How to Print a 3D Object at the Library - Getting Started

Follow these steps to having your 3D object printed at the Huntsville Public Library.

  1. Find an object from a website such as Thingiverse, or create a 3D object using SketchUp, Tinker CAD or Autodesk 123D Design software. Objects must be saved as a .STL file.
  2. Submit the file on a USB stick in person at the library. Staff will preview your file in Makerbot Desktop and will calculate the fee. Modifications to the object's design may be made; i.e. turn on rafts and supports for quality printing.
  3. The Library will notify you when the printed object is ready for pick up.

More Information and Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

A printing fee will be $0.05 per minute with a $2 administration fee, with a maximum time of 5 hour printing time.

An average print job takes about 30 minutes. That will cost $3.50 (30min x 5cents = $1.50 + $2 = $3.50).

How long does it take to print a 3D object?

Print times vary depending on the size of the object and the amount of detail. The MakerBot Desktop application will give you an estimate; click on Export Print File to see an estimated print time for your object. This program is available in the Creativity and Exploration Hub in the Library, or can be downloaded to your own computer.  If using the program at home, be sure to set the Device to MakerBot Replicator 5th generation for an accurate estimate.  

What kind of 3D objects can I print?

You can find and download a ready-to-print object from a 3D object web site such as www.thingiverse.com.  You can also design your own 3D object using a design program such as Autodesk 123D Design, Tinker CAD or SketchUp.

Printing any items that contravene the Library's Code of Conduct Policy and Technology @ HPL Policy is not allowed.

What colour can I print my object in?

Available filament includes: black, blue, green, red, white, yellow, grey, pink, purple and orange.