3D Printing @ Tahlequah Public Library

Tahlequah Public Library is excited to offer 3D printing to our patrons. The library has always been a collective resource for our community by offering different types of services and technologies. From the days of typewriters to the first laser printers, public copiers and computers, libraries have been the place where many members of the community are introduced to new technology. By offering 3D printing we are inviting you to discover your most creative self by learning how to design objects.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital model. Tahlequah's 3D printer uses a process where plastic filament (PLA) is fed through a heated nozzle which melts the plastic. The MakerBot Replicator 3D printer uses computer-controlled motors that move the nozzle up, down, right, and left to create the shape of a layer, which hardens immediately. The object is built one layer at a time from the bottom up.

We recommend the free, online program called Tinkercad. You can sign up for an account with just an email address. All of your work can then be saved in the .stl format needed to use the library's MakerBot 3D printers.

Other possible programs are Sketchup, AutoDesk123D, and many more.

The library's staff will be happy to show you the basics of Tinkercad and to direct you to online resources with already made designs such as Thingiverse, however, we will not be able to help you design your model.
3D Printing pricing is based on the weight of the object in grams at 10¢ per gram
To print a model, a .stl file will be needed. You can bring your file to us on an external hard drive or show us on the internet. Your file will be reviewed by our staff, and we will give you a quote of how much it will cost and how long it will take to print. You may be asked to leave a deposit before we begin your print. Your file will then be added to our printing queue. You will receive a call from our staff when your design has completed printing and you will be able to pick it up anytime during business hours.
We currently offer:
  • red
  • blue
  • green
  • yellow
  • black
  • purple
  • white
  • off-white
  • orange
  • gray
The largest size we can accommodate is 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9
Printing is first-come, first served. Your file will be placed in a queue in the order it was received. We do retain the right to reorder the queue based on printing times and staff availability. Printing time varies based on the size of the object. Small objects can take less than an hour, while large projects can take five or more hours.
The library's staff will work with you to determine the best resolution and infill for your model. We cannot guarantee how your model will turn out, however, you are responsible for all printing costs.
The library uses MakerBot PLA filaments which is a bioplastic derived from corn. It is guaranteed not to have any heavy metals, phthalates or BPA.


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