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Notice: 3D printing is currently out of service.

3D printing is expected to be back in service in March 2020.

If you need 3D printing service in the meantime, 3D printing services are offered to the public by Lafayette Parish Library.



The Equipment

The St. Martin Parish Library owns a LulzBot Mini 3D Printer.  3D printers make it possible to print three-dimensional (3D) objects.  Many versions of 3D design software are available. One free and easy-to-use 3D CAD (computer-aided design) application is Tinkercad.

How it Works

The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer uses the Cura LulzBot Edition printing software. The print area is 6 in. x 6 in. x 6.2 in.  Once a design is created, it is saved as a stereo lithography (.STL) file.  This file format contains the surface geometry of a three dimensional object and is commonly used in 3D printing. 

Filament is the term for the materials the printer used to print objects.  Filament is fed into the machine, heated to a high temperature, and then extruded in layers to build the item being printed. This process is known as fused filament fabrication (FFF).

Related Reading

3D printing with Autodesk 123D®, Tinkercad®, and Makerbot® / Lydia Sloan Cline

Idiot’s Guides: 3D Printing / Cameron Coward

3D Modeling and Printing with Tinkercad: Create and Print Your Own 3D Models / James Floyd Kelly

More titles can be found by searching the online catalog for "Title" = "3D printing"



3D Printing self-guided tutorials

If you have little or no technology experience, fear not. All you need is an open mind and a sense of adventure. Self-guided tutorials are available online for the Tinkercad application.  Another site with design tutorials is Fesora. Fesora is a website which provided online video tutorials designed for K-12 students, parents and teachers.