3D Printing

Welcome to our library’s 3D printing service! Our printers at the RPL Launchpad can help you make your own 3D items.

No matter if you’re fixing something, making playdough cutters, or crafting a new design, our printers are here for you. New to 3D printing?

Ready to start 3D printing? All you need is to follow these steps:

  1. Get a free Richmond Public Library Card
  2. Complete the Online 3D Printer Orientation
  3. Follow the next steps in the 3D Printer Orientation

Note: You need to be 12 years and older to get certified. Kids under 12 need an adult to help and this can be a fun family activity.
Want to learn more about our 3D Printers? Check out our FAQs below, book 1-on-1 help with 3D printers, come to our programs, or drop by to connect with staff.

3D Printer Orientation

3D Printer Orientation

Complete our 3D Printing Orientation to get started

3D Printer Orientation
1-On-1 Help With 3D Printers

1-On-1 Help With 3D Printers

Get 1-on-1 help with 3D printers from our friendly staff

1-On-1 Help With 3D Printers

FAQ

3D printing is a process that creates a three-dimensional object from a digital design. It works by adding material layer by layer, hence often referred to as additive manufacturing. The materials used can vary and include plastics, resin, metals, and more. This technology is used in various industries, including manufacturing, medicine, archaeology, and construction.

The Richmond Public Library has Ultimaker S2+, Ultimaker S2+ Connect, and Ultimaker S7 printers.

All printing is done with PLA, a bioplastic made of corn. It is an easy-to-use material with minimal issues, such as warping.

The library 3D printers are located at Brighouse and Ironwood Branch.

Anyone with a free Richmond Public Library Card can use our library’s equipment, physical collections, programs and services. Members who wish to print their own custom designs may send their files to the library after completing an online 3D Printer Orientation. Customers younger than 12 years old cannot get certified yet and should participate with the aid of their guardian or family member 12 years and older that has gotten fully 3D certified.

When you book a 3D printer for your designs, the price depends on how much material you use. It costs 10 cents per gram for PLA. This includes the weight of your design and the extra material for support. Also, there is a $2 service fee and $1 per hour for the time it takes to print.

The time it takes depends on the size and complexity of your model. Maximum print times are determined by which 3D printer you would like to print on.

Ultimaker S7 – maximum 16 hours
Utimaker 2+/2+ Connect – maximum 8 hours

Blender, Goxel 3D, Meshmixer, Ultimaker Cura are loaded on the 3D Modeling Station. There are also quick links to browser-based 3D tools: tinkerCAD, Sketchup, and cookieCAD.

Email us to arrange a group session. We can run 3D modelling classes, talks, and 3D printer demos. We can do this in-person or over a video call.