3D Printer

Fidget Spinner
Make your own fidget spinner at the Neenah Public Library!

 

Fidget Spinners: The library currently has a limited number of ball bearings that you can use to create your own 3D printed fidget spinner. Make an appointment below and library staff will help you print your very own fidget spinner! Supplies are limited. One spinner per appointment/patron.

Printing at the Neenah Public Library is completely free and open to the public. Below is a list of step by step instructions to help you use the library's 3D Printer.

Step 1: Make an Appointment

Currently the library’s 3D Printer will be open for general public use Thursday evenings from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. It is best to contact the library to reserve the 3D Printer. Reservations can be made by calling the library at 920.886.6315 or by filling out this online reservation form. Please check our online schedule to determine if the 3D Printer is reserved. Patrons are asked to supervise the entire print process.

Those that wish to use the 3D Printer on other days may contact library@neenahlibrary.org to schedule a reservation.

The 3D Printer is also portable. Invite library staff to your school, or organization for a 3D Printer demonstration. Learn how you can incorporate the printer into your next project or classroom exercise.

Step 2: Choose an Object to Print

Below is a selection of basic prints that should get you started on the LulzBot Mini. It is best to start with one of these prints in order to gain a basic understanding of the print process. The library currently offers orange High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) filament to patrons. In the future the library does have plans to add different colors, as well as different filament types.

Owls
Book Owls

 

Minecraft Creepers
Minecraft Creepers

 

Minecraft Tools
Minecraft Keychain Toolset

 

cuddling cats
Cuddling Cats

 

boat
3D Benchy Boat

 

deathly hallows pendant
Deathly Hallows Rotating Pendant

 

origami rabbit
Origami Rabbit

 

Aztec Chief
Aztec Chief

 

low poly knight
Low Poly Knight

 

Low Poly Dwarf Axe Man
Low Poly Dwarf Axe Man

 

low-poly Bulbasaur
Low-Poly Bulbasaur

 

Low-poly
Low-Poly Charmander

 

low-poly squirtle
Low-Poly Squirtle

 

low-poly Pikachu
Low-Poly Pikachu

 

awesome shark comb
Awesome Shark Comb

 

Robber Rex
Robber Rex

 

Earbuds Holder
Earbuds Holder

 

Cute Octopus Says Hellos
Cute Octopus Says Hello

 

Doctor Who Tardis
Doctor Who Tardis

 

Wolf Keychain
Wolf Keychain

 

Minion
Minion

 

A large selection of additional 3D models can be found at Thingiverse.com. The library’s LulzBot Mini will be able to print many of the selections found at Thingiverse.com. However, for various reasons, many of these models will not be able to print on the 3D Printer. It is best to consult with library staff before you chose a model. Likewise, all prints are subject to library staff approval.

Step 3: Start Printing

Quick Start Guide:

1) Turn on Computer
2) Plug in USB cable to computer and printer
3) Turn on Printer
4) Open Cura software on computer
5) Select “Load Model”
6) Double click the model you want to print
7) Click “Control”
8) Click "Print"
9) Wait for print to finish
10) When the print is completely done, the printer will stop. Then after several minutes (of cooling) the print bed will move forward. At this point you may pry off the 3d print.
11) Turn off the printer and unplug when you are finished.

To change the size of a model:

1) Left click on the object
2) Click "Scale"
3) Change size of "Scale X" from 1.0 to something else. For instance, ".5" would be half as large.

Additional Resources:

Free 3D Creation Software:

Free 3D Models: