What kind of material is available for printing?
HCL offers a variety of colors of PLA material. PLA stands for Polylactic Acid. Made from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar cane, it’s a natural polymer designed to substitute for widely used petroleum-based plastics like PET (polyethene terephthalate). (Source) Ask a staff member if you would like to see the color options available. This material is NOT food safe.
What is the cost?
The price is currently free!
How long will it take for my object to be printed?
This depends on how many people have prints in the queue! A staff member should be able to give you an estimate when you meet to discuss your print and choose your filament.
How is the quality?
3D printed objects may have small bumps, holes, and/or rough edges. These can be cleaned up using fine sand paper or steel wool. Objects are printed from the bottom up. If a design has a large overhang or suspended parts, support material and/or rafts may be used. These additions are easily removed by the patron. The Library will not be responsible for removing any supports and/or rafts.
Can a staff member create something for me?
Unfortunately, the creation of your files is up to you. Staff do not have the proper education or time to create objects for patrons. BUT, you are welcome to peruse our Getting Started page. Many pre-designed objects are available for download. And there are links that can provide you the instructions/free tools to design your own objects.