Digital Media Lab — 3D Printing

New Lenox Library card holders can now submit 3D print requests to be printed on the library's new 3D printer, an Ultimaker 2+. The Ultimaker takes 3D designs you create or download from the Internet and makes a 3-dimensional object in plastic.

Adding the Ultimaker to our Digital Media Lab supports the library's strategic initiatives of fostering life-long learning and enriching lives through technology. The library is excited to offer you this unique opportunity to try new technology, to further your creativity, and to make your designs.

3D printing is used in a variety of fields, from hobbyists with desktop printers to corporations using commercial printers to create prototypes of new products and customized items. 3D printing of food and organs are currently under development.

Photograph of the Ultimaker 2 Plus 3D Printer

Getting Started with 3D Printing

About the 3D Printing Service

  • Our PLA is not food safe.
  • All print jobs submitted must comply with the Library's 3D Printing Guidelines below.
  • Builds should take a maximum of 6 hours to print. Longer builds may not be accepted.
  • The charge is $1.00 per ounce, with a minimum of $1.00 for each item.
  • An email notification will be sent when your item is ready for pick-up.  Your payment may be made and your item may be picked-up at the Adult Services desk at the top of the stairs. 
  • Your print job must be picked up before submitting another print request.
  • Your file must be submitted in .stl or .gcode format. Staff will check the quality of the file before printing. Some files may not be able to be converted to print.
  • Your finished printed object must be smaller than 9 in x 8.8 in x 8 in (230mm x 225mm x 205mm).
  • Printing is available on a first come, first-served basis and is done by library staff. Priority printing is given to library programs and events.
  • We might have to limit the number of printed requests per person per month due to community response. At the moment, each library patron's first request gets priority; any additional requests will be waitlisted until everyone gets their first print. 
  • We cannot guarantee a turn-around time for 3D printing. If you require a quick turn-around, please email the library at digitalmedialab@newlenoxlibrary.org.

3D Printing Guidelines

The Library’s 3D printer is available to the public to make three dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. Patrons are not permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create objects which are:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose a threat to the well-being of others.
  • In violation of the terms of use of the manufacturer of the 3D printer.
  • Obscene, sexually explicit or inappropriate for the library environment.
  • In violation of a person’s intellectual property rights, e.g. the printer may not be used to reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent or trademark.

The Library reserves the right to review and approve all materials before printing. The Library recognizes that an original design is the property of the designer and we will not duplicate that design for someone else. The Library cannot guarantee that a print job will be completed within a particular time frame. The Library cannot guarantee and is not liable for the final appearance of 3D printed objects. The Library is not liable for any damages, human injury, and/or costs in the event of a failure of a 3D printed object. If a 3D printed object is not picked up after 14 days, it becomes the Library’s property and a charge will be put on the patron’s library card. The Library reserves all rights to:

  • Refuse any 3D print request.
  • Stop printing a request due to time or printer capabilities.
  • Set a limit as to the maximum amount of time a print job may take.
  • Charge users for print requests.
  • Limit the number of print requests.
  • Limit access to and determine priority of 3D printing services.
  • Change these rules at any time.

3D Printing Request Form

We will contact you about your request within 48 hours (excluding weekends).

3D Printing Requests are on hold while we run maintenance on the 3D printer.