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3D Printer

Libraries and 3D Printing

Libraries have always been the great equalizer for information and computer access, and having a 3D printer available opens 3D technology to all ages and skill sets. 3D printing also supports people developing knowledge and skills in STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), allowing community members to create, design and innovate in new and inspiring ways.

What printers and materials do you use?

The Library currently has one Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D Printer, located in the 2nd floor computer lab at the Old Town Library. The DigiLab can print objects up to 10" x 6" x 6.7" in a variety of single colors.

The Library uses plant-based, recyclable PLA plastic (#7). PLA does not contain BPA and is not heat resistant. Objects created on the 3D printer are not food safe.

Can anyone use the 3D printer?

3D printing is available for all ages and open to the public. You do not need a library card to submit a 3D print or to watch items being printed on the 3D printer. However, only trained library staff will handle the 3D printer and associated equipment.

What does it cost?

3D printing cost is $0.10 per gram of filament used. Total cost is based on the estimate given by the printing software program (plus tax). Printing charges are collected at pickup. Most 3D print items cost $5 or less. When filling out a submission form, customers can select a maximum amount.

When will I get my 3D printed item?

Print times vary based on size, complexity, and the number of 3D prints waiting to be processed. Typically, 3D prints take between 5-14 days to be completed. For a current timeline estimate, please contact

How do I start?

  1. Review the Library's 3D print catalog or visit our Resources page for modeling software, design libraries, and tutorials
  2. Choose or create a 3D model to print
  3. Save the model as .stl file or .3mf file (maximum size 50 MB)
  4. Submit your 3D printing request

Contact Us

3D Printing is available at:

Poudre River Public Library District
Old Town Library
201 Peterson Street
Fort Collins CO 80524

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