About 3D Printing

Did you know the LPL was the first public library in Louisiana to introduce 3D printing services? Patrons can submit their own custom 3D model, choose a pre-designed model from a site such as Thingiverse, or create a 3D model using TinkerCAD. Model files must be submitted in stereolithography (STL), object (OBJ), Makerware (THING), or OpenSCAD (SCAD) format. Maximum model dimensions for 3D prints are 28cm x 26cm x 24cm. The LPL aims to complete any submitted model within four weeks; however, models that require the printing of many components or high patron demand may lengthen the overall process.

A surcharge will be applied to each printed model ($1.00 for plastic) in addition to the “per gram” cost, which is a charge for each gram of material used to build your 3D model ($0.05 for plastic). To submit a 3D print request, please fill out the form below. Be sure to read our 3D Printing Policy.

*Patrons can contact their local branch for questions about 3D printing:

Denham Springs-Walker Branch Idea Lab at (225) 686-4148

Watson Branch at (225) 686-4180 

Albany-Springfield Branch at (225) 686-4130

South Branch at (225) 686-4170

Scanning Objects to Create 3D Models

Our Makerbot 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 the Denham Springs-Walker Branch Idea Lab by calling (225) 686-4148.

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.

Files must be less than 30 MB.
Allowed file types: stl obj thing scad.
Files must be less than 30 MB.
Allowed file types: stl obj thing scad.
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