3D Printing

A 3D printer in use at the Advanced Learning Library

The Wichita Public Library's 3D printing service gives you the opportunity to let your imagination soar and bring your creations to life.

How can I use the 3D printer?

  • You must be at least 14 years old to use our 3D printers.
  • You must have a library card ​in good standing​.
  • Library staff must certify you before you can use the service.

What's the certification process like?

In order to use the 3D printer on your own, you must take two certification classes and complete one staff-mediated print job:

  • 3D Printing Basics ​(Part 1)
    Learn about the process of 3D printing at the Wichita Public Library. Watch as a quick print is completed and learn about software to model and print on your own.
  • MakerBot Processes or Prusa Processes ​(Part 2)
    Become familiar with the software to prepare files for the 3D printer. Learn the best practices for optimizing prints for the 3D printers.
  • First 3D Print with Staff (Part 3)
    Complete one staff-mediated print job through a Book-A-Librarian session to make sure you are able to complete a 3D print job on your own.

Our staff also offer courses in Tinkercad, a free 3D modeling program. Tinkercad classes are not required for 3D printing certification.

Upcoming 3D Printing Classes

Can't make it to one of the scheduled certification classes? Request a small group (3 people or less) ​Book-A-Librarian​ session to cover the class material.

The Fine "Print"

  • The Wichita Public Library reserves the right to review and approve all materials before printing to ensure items do not violate the Library's Customer Code of Conduct​.
  • Prints are limited to four hours.
  • Prints cost $0.10 per gram of filament used, based on the estimated weight given by the printer's slicer software. This includes the base cost of filament in addition to wear and tear on the printers and replacement parts.
  • The Wichita Public Library will not store print jobs for customers. Any 3D print that is left behind will be discarded.
  • Failure to pick up 3D print jobs, not keeping the 3D printing area clear of debris, or misusing a 3D printer may result in loss of 3D printing privileges.
  • The Wichita Public Library will charge for prints regardless of the final quality of the print. Staff will not refund for incomplete, failed, broken, or misshapen pieces.
  • The Library currently prints with PLA (Polylactic Acid) filament.

Our Printers

MakerBot Replicator plus 3D printer

MakerBot Replicator+

  • Hardened steel 0.4 mm nozzle
  • Maximum Build Volume: 573 cubic inches
  • Maximum Build Dimensions: 29.5 L x 19.5 W x 16.5 H cm (11.6 x 7.6 x 6.5 in.)
MakerBot Z18 3D printer

MakerBot Z18

  • Brass 0.4 mm nozzle
  • Maximum Build Volume: 2,549 cubic inches
  • Maximum Build Dimensions: 30.0 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm (11.8 x 12.0 x 18.0 in.)
Prusa i3 MK3S plus 3D printer

Prusa i3 MK3S+

  • Hardened steel 0.4 mm nozzle
  • Maximum Build Volume: 677 cubic inches
  • Maximum Build Dimensions: 25 x 21 x 21 cm (9.84 × 8.3 x 8.3 in.)
Prusa MINI plus 3D printer

Prusa MINI+

  • Brass 0.25 mm nozzle
  • Maximum Build Volume: 343 cubic inches
  • Maximum Build Dimensions: 180 x 180 x 180 mm (7 x 7 x 7 in.)

Available Filament

PLA, PLA+ (assorted colors including Silk, Matte, and Metallic varieties)

Our Software

  • Slicers:
    • PrusaSlicer (Technology Training Center only)
    • MakerBot Print (Technology Training Center only)
    • Makerbot CloudPrint (online)
  • Tinkercad (available on any Library computer via web browser)
  • Blender 2.81 (Technology Training Center only)
  • Adobe Photoshop CC (AV Studio and Digital Pavilion iMacs)

Additional 3D Modeling Software

Not available at the library, but free to use at home.
Two 3D-printed spherical objects
An object being printed on a 3D printer
A 3D-printed Wichita Public Library logomark

Related: 3D Printing in Library Collections

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