About 3D Printing

3D printing is the process of making a three-dimensional object from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. 3D printable models may be created with a 3D drawing/modeling computer software program, a 3D model via a 3D scanner, or a 3D model found pre-designed on a website such as Thingiverse.com.

Who can use 3D printing?

This service is only available to Lafourche Parish Public Library patrons in good standing. Only one request can be submitted at a time. Jobs that require the printing of many components may drop in the queue position.

How much does 3D printing cost?

The cost is $0.10-$0.15 per gram of material used. Lafourche Parish Public Library will supply the filament for 3D printing; no outside filament will be allowed. This includes rafts and support structures. Prints are handed over AS IS. If your print requires rafts or support structures, you will be responsible for removing these. Payments must be paid upon pickup of your print. Cash only will be accepted.

 How Does 3D Printing Work

(with the Makerbot Replicator 2)

To perform a print, the Replicator 2 3D printer reads the design from a 3D printable file and lays down successive layers of biodegradable PLA plastic filament, a renewable bioplastic. The  plastic filament passes through a heated metal extruder that melts the plastic as it lays it down, fusing the layers together. This is also known as fused deposition modelling.  There are many different types of 3D printers on the market, but the Replicator 2 only uses plastic.

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 contact you to choose another color. Staff review and prepare all project files, so please submit appropriate objects. No guns, gun parts, weapons of any kind, or salacious objects. We will do our best to complete your model within 10-14 business days, but if demand for the printer is high, wait times may be longer.

Capacity and Resolution

The Replicator 2 can build pieces up to 11.2 L x 6.1 W x 6 H in(12.75 in diagonal).

It has a resolution capability of 100 microns and a 410-cubic-inch build volume.

Printing Time

3D printed objects may take anywhere from minutes to days to print depending on size, solidity, and complexity.