3-D Printing

The Vermilion Parish Library is happy to provide a space for its patrons to learn about and use 3-D printing.

What is 3-D Printing?

  • Process that creates solid objects from various materials based on a digital design
  • Rather than cutting, objects are created by printing layers of material combined to produce a physical object
  • Next evolutionary step from toner on a page and will transform manufacturing
  • All you need is a 3-D model or .STL file created in 3-D design software or from places such as Thingiverse.

Please read all the policies below, Policies are subject to change at any time.

  1. This service is available to Vermilion Parish Library patrons in good standing. Absolutely no current fines nor late items.
  2. Only one request can be submitted at a time.
  3. Printing is available on a first come, first served basis and is done by library staff.
  4. Jobs that require the printing of many components may drop in the queue position.
  5. Patrons are welcome to submit a request to print.
  6. Prints are handed over AS IS. If your print requires rafts or support structures, you will be responsible for removing these. Please be aware you are responsible for paying whether you accept the print or not.
  7. The colors available may change without notice, and we cannot guarantee that your selected color will be available. In the event that your chosen color is out of stock, we will use the most similar color available.
  8. Staff review and prepare all project files, so please submit appropriate objects. NO Guns, Gun Parts, Weapons of any kind or salacious objects will be printed.
  9. We will do our best to complete your model within 10-14 business days (Monday-Friday), but if demand for the printer is high, wait times may be longer.
  10. 3-D Printing is available for patrons Monday-Friday between these hours 10:00AM-12:00PM and 2:00PM-4:00PM.
  11. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  12. Sites to help you get ideas for 3-D printing:
a. Thingiverse thingiverse.com
b. Make Magazine makezine.com
c. 123D Design/Script/Creature
(iPad app available)
123dapp.com
d. Blender blender.org/download
e. FreeCAD freecadweb.org
f. SketchUP sketchup.com
g. OpenSCAD openscad.org
h. Sculptris pixologic.com/sculptris

Cost

Cost of printing is 10 cents per gram for regular colors; Special PLA material like glow in the dark, sparkles, wood look, etc. may incur additional charges.  Please inquire regarding these charges prior to submitting the print job.  FEES MUST be paid in cash when you pick up your print at the main library (Abbeville Branch).  NO EXCEPTIONS!

How to submit file:

  1. Files must be submitted in STL (Stereo Lithography) format.  Nearly every 3-D modeling program can save a file in this format.  Some, like Sketchup, require a free add-on.
  2. 3-D printers use metric coordinates.  For consistency, it is recommended that you design in millimeters and export your STL in millimeters.
  3. If you are submitting a file from Thingiverse, check to see that the model has been made on a desktop 3-D printer, ideally a Makerbot Replicator. Thingiverse hosts many different types of models, some of which may not be acceptable for 3-D printing. For the best chances of getting a successful print, choose a model that other people have successfully printed.
  4. For your first print, we highly recommend you start small.  Smaller than 75mm is a good size to start with.
  5. The maximum dimensions are 11.8L x 12.0W x 18.0H inches.

If you wish to have something 3D printed in the meantime, feel free to give us a USB drive with your 3D printable file on it at any one of our branches. Please give us a contact name and number so that we can contact you when your print job is complete.

You can also email us an attached copy of your 3D printed file (.stl format), your name, contact information and any details you may want to provide about how you want your print job to come out at: makerspace@vermilion.lib.la.us.

Approved by Vermilion Parish Library Board of Control on August 12, 2015.