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If you're not quite as into the design aspect, there's always Thingiverse! Thingiverse is a website where users can upload their own designs for others to use as they wish.
When our team at Silver Spring was learning how to 3D print, we used several designs from Thingiverse to test out our abilities and troubleshooting skills. Here are a few of the designs our staff
|Double helix pencil holder.|
AA Size Battery Storage Box
Spiral Chess Set
If you decide you'd like to get something printed at one of our libraries, all you have to do is go to our 3D Printing page on the MCPL website. There you'll find our 3D Printing User Agreement and FAQ, as well as the submission form you'll use to send us your design file in .stl or .obj format. Once you submit your file, your library account will be charged $1.00. The 3D Printing Team at your selected branch (Silver Spring or Long Branch) will review your request, then email you the cost of the item and ask for your approval to go ahead and print. Once the item is printed, you'll get another email that tells you your item is available to pick up. All charges (both the submission fee and the cost of the print itself) must be paid upon pickup.
If you're interested in learning more, our Silver Spring branch is offering a series of classes on 3D Printing and Design taught by Steve Morris, the owner of the local makerspace Catylator.
Getting Ready for 3D Printing – May 7th @ 11am
3D Printing Workshop – May 21st @ 11am
3D printing is truly a labor of love. For each success, expect 5 failures… but don’t worry, the failures are fun, too!