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3D Printing

Create your own 3D object.

3D Printing

Effective January 1, 2024, Hinsdale Public Library patrons may request one 3D-printed piece at no charge per year. Additional projects will cost $0.20 per 1 gram of filament used.

Bring your 3D designs to life by accessing our 3D printing services! Our dual-extrusion Ultimaker S3 Printer can create complex designs with intricate supports made from PVA filament that washes away in our PVA Washing Station. We print designs with PLA filament and can create prints with one to two colors depending on the design.

HPL’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. They may not be used to create materials that:

  • Are prohibited by local, state, or federal law;
  • Are unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or which pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others (including, in the view of staff, any items that resemble a weapon);
  • Are inappropriate for the library environment; or
  • Are defamatory, invade a particular person’s privacy, directly incite violence; or
  • Violate another person’s property rights. For example, the printers may not be
    used to reproduce objects or materials that are subject to copyright, patent, or
    trademark protection.

Color preferences may be submitted, but the library determines the color of the filament based on availability. Library staff reserve the right to resize projects, if necessary, due to availability of material. Print jobs may take up to two weeks to complete. Due to the amount of time it takes to print an object, the number of requests received, and staff availability, the Library cannot guarantee that a print job will be ready on a specific day.

Library staff review every object file before it is printed. The Library reserves all rights to:

  • Refuse any request.
  • Stop the project due to time or equipment capabilities.
  • Set a limit as to the maximum amount of time a project may take.
  • Set a price for projects.
  • Limit the number of requests.
  • Limit access to 3D Printing Services to Hinsdale Public Library cardholders.

3D Printer Submission

Send in your 3D design to be printed on the Library's 3D printer.

  • Enter your name here.
  • Let us know the best way to contact you.
  • Hinsdale Public Library patrons may request one 3D-printed piece at no charge per year. Additional projects will cost $0.20 per 1 gram of filament used.
  • Describe your 3D object so we'll know if there are any issues.
  • Library staff will do their best to accommodate requests.
  • Please provide exact or estimate dimensions of the object(s). The maximum build volume capacity of our 3D printer is 9.1 x 7.4 x 7.9 inches.
  • Please provide any requests for infill density, layer height, etc.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Submissions must be in .stl or .obj format. Maximum file size is 50 MB.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Check out these designs created by patrons on our 3D printer!