3D Print

The Library has an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer

A 3D printer melts a material and lays small amounts of the material in a layer. It builds up an object one later at a time. This lets it create any shape.

Sometimes it needs to build supports to hold up a piece while it is building the rest of the object. These supports are removed when the object is finished.

Often the interior of the object is not solid. This saves material and makes the object lighter. In this case, the interior contains a grid of material that will support the top of the object.

We are using PLA (Polylactic Acid) for our material. It is a bio-plastic that is made from (mostly) corn.

Request your own 3D printed object

The Dover Public Library can print an object for you with the 3D printer. There is a small cost for materials ($1.50 per ounce). Most objects cost less than $2.

Objects cannot be larger than 8 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and 8 inches tall. No object will be printed that takes longer than 11 hours to print. .STL files that create objects that are too big can be reduce in size to fit within these parameters.

First, choose an object from Thingiverse.com (or some other site that provides .STL files for 3D objects), or create your own with TinkerCad or similar software.

Fill out this form

OR

Send the following information in an email to libraryquestions@dover.nh.gov:

  • The URL where the files are located (or your own custom .STL file)
  • Choose Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, White, Silver or Tan
  • Specify whether the exact size of the object matters (can we make it smaller if needed?)
  • Do you want an estimate for the cost before we print it?
  • Do you want to watch your object being printed? (subject to available schedules)

We will schedule your object on a first come first served basis and notify you via email when your object is ready for pickup. We will contact you if there is a problem with your request.

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