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What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, or Additive Printing, is the process of building an item by layering heated plastic filament in a pattern laid out by Computer Aided Drafting or Design (CAD) software.

What equipment is available?

Two printers – a 3DSystems Cube 3 and a Cube Pro purchased through a generous grant from the Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund at the Bay County Community Foundation.  The Friends of the Bay County Library granted funds to purchase a laptop to use with the printers.

The Cube Pro is available to the public at the Wirt library.  The smaller Cube 3 is shared between the other BCLS branches and is also used for off-site presentations at schools, organizations, and businesses.

What sizes can be printed?

Cube 3 prints 9” x 9”x 6” and the Cube Pro prints 11.5” x 11.5 “x 9” with a resolution from 70 microns to 200 microns. Both can use PLA (recycled) and ABS (non-recycled) plastic filament. Each spool of filament prints approximately 15 mid-sized items.

How do I design a print job?

Most any CAD software is now capable of creating 3D print jobs. Learning to use the software to design items is the steepest learning curve in 3D printing.  BCLS also has a TinkerCAD account that users can access to design projects.  It’s a much simpler CAD type program.

Who do I contact to get started?

Contact Walt Peglow at 893-9566 ext. 2303 or email wpeglow@baycountylibrary.org to make printing arrangements and ask questions. 

BLCS also has a 3D Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCLS3dPrinterForum/. You will need to be approved in order to join the page.

3D Printing Policy and Prices