3d Printing

3D printing is now available at the Spokane County Library District. Our first 3D printer, an Ultimaker 2, is available for public use at the Spokane Valley Library on the first floor.

The 3D printer builds an object from a digital file by adding layer after layer of plastic filament. It’s a little bit like a hot glue gun, but instead of glue it extrudes a hard bioplastic derived from renewable starch-based resources. From action figures with moveable parts, to custom cellphone charging stands, to prosthesis prototypes, few limitations exist when it comes to 3D printing.

Your 3D Design

New to 3D printing?

You can use the submission form below to make an appointment with one of our librarians to learn the ins and outs of 3D printing. Or you can call 509.893.8400 to book an appointment with a librarian at Spokane Valley Library. If you just have a quick question about 3D printing and don’t need an appointment, you can use the Ask a Librarian form.

Have experience with 3D printing?

You can use the following form to submit your 3D design for printing. Please review the basic information and settings before submitting your designs.

Basic Information & Settings

  • Our printer is an Ultimaker2
  • We use Cura Software (free to download)
  • Polyactic acid (PLA) filament, which prints in a gray color
  • Default fill density is 20% (For a different fill density, please indicate this clearly in the “Comments or Questions” section of the form.)
  • Maximum build volume (L x W x H): 223mm x 223mm x 205mm (8.77 x 8.77 x 8.07 inches)
  • Submission limit: 5 per month (up to 12 hours per design)
  • At this time, 3D printing is offered free of charge.

What to expect after using the submission form

For appointments

We will contact you within 3–5 business days to schedule an appointment to discuss 3D printing.

For 3D design submissions

Please allow 7-10 days for us to print your design. Print times may be longer when 3D printing demand is high and many designs are in the print queue. We will contact you when your design is finished.

3D Design Submission Form

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