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3D Printing

Due to scheduled maintenance, 3D printing services have been temporarily postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience!

In 2013, Livingston Parish Library added 3D printing to its collection of advanced technology services, becoming the first public library in Louisiana to do so. The library’s MakerBot Replicator 2 debuted on October 19 at the Main Branch. Since then, it has been available for use to all library patrons.

A $1 surcharge will be applied to each printed model in addition to the “per gram” cost, which is a $0.05 charge for each gram of material (filament) used to build your 3D model.

Patrons can submit their own custom 3D model or choose a pre-designed model from Thingiverse. Model files must be in stereo lithography (STL) format, object (OBJ) format, or Makerware (THING) format. Maximum model dimensions are 28cm x 15cm x 15cm.

The library aims to complete any submitted model within 7-10 days; however, models that require the printing of many components or high patron demand may lengthen the overall process.

To submit a 3D print request, please fill out the form below, and be sure to read our 3D Printing Policies.

Scanning Objects to Create 3D Models

Our MakerBot 3D Digitizer has the capability to scan a 3D object and create a 3D model of the object for printing.  Objects 8 in. x 8 in. in size or smaller can be scanned.  Patrons wishing to use this service can make arrangements to send their object to our 3D Printing Department by calling (225) 686-4101.

Some objects may not scan well, including those with shiny, reflective, or fuzzy surfaces. In addition, objects that are dark in color may not scan well. The Digitizer cannot scan surfaces on objects that are hidden from the scanner’s camera. Flat objects may also be difficult to scan. It is also important to note that the Digitizer does not capture the color of the scanned object.