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Future Ready: 3D Printer

A fantastic future of opportunity and development is racing toward us.

Artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, and desktop manufacturing may seem like science fiction, but...
It is right here, right now, and you can experience it at your library.

Prepare for a future where you can do anything you can imagine. Are you ready?

Imagine

You’ve heard of 3D printing, now try it for yourself. What can you create?

Discover

Attend a library demonstration, join our training sessions, or jump right in with our online tutorials. Find a model someone else has made on Thingiverse.com, or better yet, design your own at Tinkercad.com.

Create

Use our cloud-based ordering system, 3DPrinterOS, to send us your 3D-ready file. We’ll take it from there using our Dremel 3D45 3D Printers to expertly create your model. Once completed, we’ll send your model to any Community Library Network location.

Cost

Start today—ask a library staff member for a voucher that covers the first $3 of your print!
Cost for the print will be assessed per each gram of filament. You will know the cost before you submit your project. Pay by cash or check when you pick up your model.

Time

After your print is finished, we’ll send it to any Community Library Network location.
Your finished model should be ready for pickup within 14 days of getting your “job completed” email.

Trainings

Excited about 3D printing and would like a hand getting started? Attend our small group training sessions! You’ll learn about our 3D printers, how you can order a model to be printed, and learn about free 3D design websites.

  • Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Wednesday, December 11, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Post Falls Library

Steps for 3D Printing

Welcome to the world of 3D printing.  

We are happy to offer this service to you and will only charge the cost of materials.

Terms to know on 3DPrinterOS

Project: A cloud folder that holds your files on 3DPrinterOS
File: Digital files uploaded, or being adjusted, on 3DPrinterOS. Typically a .stl, .obj or .gcode type, they contain three-dimensional information.
Model: A virtual preview of your finished product
3DPrinterOS: A cloud-based 3D upload and queue system
Slice: Translates the virtual preview into 3D printer instructions

Before you begin:

For the best experience, use Google Chrome
To find a 3D object that has already been designed, go to Thingiverse.com
To create a 3D object, go to Tinkercad.com
Download the 3D file onto your device BEFORE using 3DPrinterOS
Instructions for downloading from Thingiverse and Tinkecad are included in Section 6

Introduction to 3D Printing

Welcome to the world of 3D printing.  

We are happy to offer this service to you and will only charge the cost of materials.

Terms to know on 3DPrinterOS

Project: A cloud folder that holds your files on 3DPrinterOS
File: Digital files uploaded, or being adjusted, on 3DPrinterOS. Typically a .stl, .obj or .gcode type, they contain three-dimensional information.
Model: A virtual preview of your finished product
3DPrinterOS: A cloud-based 3D upload and queue system
Slice: Translates the virtual preview into 3D printer instructions

Before you begin:

If under age 16, you must use an adult's account
For the best experience, use Google Chrome
To find a 3D object that has already been designed, go to Thingiverse.com
To create a 3D object, go to Tinkercad.com
Download the 3D file onto your device BEFORE using 3DPrinterOS
Instructions for downloading from Thingiverse and Tinkecad are included in Section 6

Full Project (not broken into sections)

Create an Account
1. Go to:  https://cloud.3dprinteros.com and click SIGN UP
2. Enter: First Name, Last Name, E-mail, and a Password
3. Organization: Community Library Network 
4. After agreeing to the terms, click SIGN UP
If under age 16, you must go through an adult's account

Access Library 3D Printers
1. Click:  PRINTERS tab on the top menu
2. Click:  +MORE on the upper right-hand side of the screen
3. Click:  ADD WORKGROUP PRINTERS from the drop down list. This will connect to library 3D printers.
4. Enter: Community Library Network as your Student Access Code
5. Click:  CONNECT TO WORKGROUP
You will see a list of library 3D printers, and the jobs assigned to them

You are Ready to Begin
1. Click:  UPLOAD on the top menu
2. Click:  PROJECT toggle button near the top of your screen
3. Select:  a project folder you have already created, or start typing to create a new project folder. This step identifies your project folder name that your file will be uploaded into
4. Click:  CHOOSE FILE and locate the file on your device. If your downloaded file is contained in a zip folder, upload the .stl or .obj rather than uploading the entire .zip file. 
5. Click:  SAVE AND GO TO MY PROJECTS.
6. Click:  LAYOUT on your chosen file. For .obj file types, click "REPAIR" to translate the file into a .stl file.
7. Click:  ROTATE in the upper left hand corner of your screen. A ROTATE menu will appear on the right of your screen
   Rotate: Use the -90 or +90 buttons on the right of your screen. During this step, ensure the base of your model is touching the box floor.
8. Click:  SCALE in the upper left hand corner of your screen.  A "Scale" menu will appear on the right of your screen. The proportions are listed in millimeters. 
   Adjust the number of "Scale to %" in the right hand menu to grow or shrink your model
   Position and save your model (to make sure your menu options are in view)
   a. Click:  MOVE in the upper left hand corner of your screen. Click ON BED and CENTER in the right hand menu to ensure your model is inside of the 3D printer's build area
   b. Click: SAVE in the upper right hand corner of your screen. There is now another file in your project folder; your original file, and your modified file(s). 
9. Click: SLICE on your chosen file
10. Under SELECT SLICING PROFILE choose Default, Speed or Detail
   If your model has features that hang down or over empty space, consider checking the "Supports" box at the bottom of your screen 
11. Click SLICE on the button of your screen
12. Click: PRINT on your chosen file
13. Find the library closest to you on the list. Click QUEUE to the right of that printer name
14. Enter (4 responses are required): Library Network card number, library pick up location, filament color, model designer
15. Click CONTINUE on the bottom of your screen. A message will appear that estimates the cost, time, and weight of your finished model
16. Click GO TO PRINTERS on the bottom of your screen to see your model in the library's 3D Printer queue

Section 1: Set Up 3DPrinterOS - this section only needs to be completed once

Create an Account
1. Go to:  https://cloud.3dprinteros.com and click SIGN UP
2. Enter: First Name, Last Name, E-mail, and a Password
3. Organization: Community Library Network 
4. After agreeing to the terms, click SIGN UP
If under age 16, you must use an adult's account

Access Library 3D Printers
1. Click:  PRINTERS tab on the top menu
2. Click:  +MORE on the upper right-hand side of the screen
3. Click:  ADD WORKGROUP PRINTERS from the drop down list. This will connect to library 3D printers.
4. Enter: Community Library Network as your Student Access Code
5. Click:  CONNECT TO WORKGROUP
You will see a list of library 3D printers, and the jobs assigned to them
(You will return to the PRINTERS tab in Section 5: Ordering Your Model) 

Section 2: Upload a File

Upload a File
1. Click:  UPLOAD on the top menu
2. Click:  PROJECT toggle button near the top of your screen
3. Select:  a project folder you have already created, or start typing to create a new project folder. This step identifies your project folder name that your file will be uploaded into
4. Click:  CHOOSE FILE and locate the file on your device. If your downloaded file is contained in a zip folder, upload the .stl or .obj rather than uploading the entire .zip file. 
5. Click:  SAVE AND GO TO MY PROJECTS. You will now see a list of your project folders and default files uploaded by the library.

Section 3: Rotate and Resize your File

These steps address the LAYOUT view of 3DPrinterOS. Use these two steps to ensure your model is facing the right way and is the right size.
If you are unable to see the right hand menu under the LAYOUT view, decrease your browser window zoom
Use the following commands to reposition your view of the model in the LAYOUT view
a. Rotate your view:  hold down your right mouse button and drag the screen to rotate your view
b. Reposition your view: Hold down Shift on your keyboard and your right mouse button and drag the screen 

Format for Printing - Rotate and/or Resize - to begin:
1. Click:  MY FILES on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS
2. Click:  MY PROJECTS in the upper left of your screen and click the drop-down arrow on your project name to reveal the files inside
3. Click:  LAYOUT on your chosen file. For .obj file types, click "REPAIR" to translate the file into a .stl file.

Section 4: Order Your Model - Prepare a Model for 3D printing

Prepare a Model for 3D printing
1. Click:  MY FILES on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS
2. Click:  MY PROJECTS in the upper left of your screen and click the drop-down arrow on your project name to reveal the files inside
3. Click: SLICE on your chosen file
4. Under SELECT SLICING PROFILE choose Default, Speed or Detail
If your model has features that hang down or over empty space, consider checking the "Supports" box at the bottom of your screen 
5. Click SLICE on the button of your screen

Section 5: Order Your Model - Send a Model to the 3D printer

Send a Model to the 3D printer
The PRINT option will only appear for a file you have prepared for 3D printing (See the previous step)
1. Click:  MY FILES on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS
2. Click:  MY PROJECTS in the upper left of your screen and click the drop-down arrow on your project name to reveal the files inside
3. Click: PRINT on your chosen file
4. Find the library closest to you on the list. Click QUEUE to the right of that printer name
5. Enter (4 responses are required): Library Network card number, library pick up location, filament color, model designer
6. Click CONTINUE on the bottom of your screen. A message will appear that estimates the cost, time, and weight of your finished model
7. Click GO TO PRINTERS on the bottom of your screen to see your model in the library's 3D Printer queue
3DPrinterOS will send you a notification email when your order starts printing and when your model is completed. 
Library Dremel 3D45 3D printers have a built-in camera that captures a time-lapse of your model being produced from start to finish. The time lapse video will be attached to the email you receive when your print is completed. 

Section 6: Download from Thingiverse and Tinkercad

Download from Thingiverse
1. Go to: www.thingiverse.com using a web browser
2. Enter: a search term in the upper right hand corner
3. Click: the design you are interested in from your search results
4. Scroll down past the picture preview and click on "Thing Files" from the tab menu. A list of the downloadable files will appear
5. Click: the name or picture preview of the file you want to download 
You can now find the file on your device

Download from Tinkercad
1. Go to: www.tinkercad.com using a web browser
2. After signing up or signing in to Tinkercad, use the Create New Design button to design a model
3. Once your model is finished, click on the name of your Tinkercad project on the upper left of your screen, and change it to something recognizable
4. Click: Export in the upper right hand corner 
5. Select: Everything in the Design or Selected Shapes 
6. Click: ".STL" under For 3D Print 
You can now find the file on your device 

Advanced: Add multiple models to the same 3DPrinterOS order

The next two steps address the LAYOUT view of 3DPrinterOS. 
If you are unable to see the right hand menu under the LAYOUT view, decrease your browser window zoom
Use the following commands to reposition your view of the model in the LAYOUT view
a. Rotate your view:  hold down your right mouse button and drag the screen to rotate your view
b. Reposition your view: Hold down Shift on your keyboard and your right mouse button and drag the screen 

Format for Printing: Duplicate your Model
1. Click:  MY FILES on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS
2. Click:  MY PROJECTS in the upper left of your screen and click the drop-down arrow on your project name to reveal the files inside
3. Click: LAYOUT on your chosen file
4. Click EXTRA in the menu at the top of your screen. 
5. In the drop down list that appears, click COPY
Position and save your model
a. Click: MOVE in the upper left hand corner of your screen. Click a model to select it. A tri-color square will appear near the center of the model. Grab one of these three cube faces to move your model
b. Reposition both models so they are within the 3D printer's build area
c. Click ON BED in the menu on the right of your screen for each model you have created
d. Click SAVE in the upper right hand corner of your screen. There is now another file in your project folder; your original file, and your modified file(s). 

Format for Printing: Add a different model to your job
1. Click:  MY FILES on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS
2. Click:  MY PROJECTS in the upper left of your screen and click the drop-down arrow on your project name to reveal the files inside
3. Click: LAYOUT on your chosen file
4. Click: Add File in the menu at the top of your screen. Use the drop down menu that appears on the right side of your screen to select the project that contains your chosen file
5. Click the picture preview of your chosen file and click APPLY
Position and save your model
a. Click: MOVE in the upper left hand corner of your screen. Click a model to select it. A tri-color square will appear near the center of the model. Grab one of these three cube faces to move your model
b. Reposition both models so they are within the 3D printer's build area
c. Click: ON BED in the menu on the right of your screen for each model you have created
d. Click: SAVE in the upper right hand corner of your screen. There is now another file in your project folder; your original file, and your modified file(s). 

Advanced: 3DPrinterOS File Organization

Reorder a completed print
1. Click: DASHBOARD on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS
2. Click: MY PRINTING HISTORY near the upper left of your screen
3. Scroll down or use the search function to find the model you would like to reorder
4. Click RESTART on your chosen model 
5. Find the library closest to you on the list. Click QUEUE to the right of that printer name
6. Enter: library card number, library pick up location, filament color, model designer
7. Click CONTINUE on the bottom of your screen. A message will appear that estimates the cost, time, and weight of your finished model
8. Click GO TO PRINTERS on the bottom of your screen to see your model in the library's 3D Printer queue

Cancel your pending order
1. Click: PRINTERS on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS. Find your ordered model in the 3D printer queue that appears
2. Click: CANCEL to the right of the file you want to cancel 
3. Click CANCEL JOB in the window that appears. Please select the reason you are cancelling the job and click OK
4. Click +MORE to the right of the order you just cancelled
5. Click ARCHIVE in the drop down list that appears

Share a 3DPrinterOS file 
1. Click: MY FILES on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS
2. Click: MY PROJECTS in the upper left of your screen and click the drop-down arrow on your project name to reveal the files inside
3. Click: "..." on the far right side of your chosen file
4. Scroll down in the drop down list that appears and click SHARE FILE
5. Enter: the email of the user you are sharing the file with, and click SHARE 

The difference between MY FILES and MY PROJECTS
Click MY FILES on the top menu of 3DPrinterOS. There are two areas in this menu; MY FILES and MY PROJECTS
MY FILES contains individual files you have uploaded to 3DPrinterOS
Once you click LAYOUT to start adjusting that file, it will automatically move to a project in the MY PROJECTS area
MY PROJECTS are folders containing individual files you have uploaded into that project
Each time you adjust a file in the LAYOUT view, a new file will be created. The new file will be the adjusted file and will save the changes you made in the LAYOUT view
The original file will not be changed
You can change the name of a file by clicking EDIT on the left hand side of your screen near the current name of the file
Once you click SLICE on your file, another file will be created. This file will be in the .gcode format 
The PRINT option only appears on a file that is in the .gcode format
Once PRINT is clicked, your model will be sent to the chosen 3D printer. The same .gcode file will still appear in the project folder and a copy of that .gcode will be sent to the 3D printer's queue
 

For more information, contact Nick Madsen, emerging technology librarian, 208-772-5612 x 116 or by filling out our form:

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