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3D Printing @ WPL: Home

What is 3D Printing

What is 3D Printing
3D printing constructs a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) model, usually by successively adding material layer by layer, which is why it is also called additive manufacturing.  Additive manufacture brings a host of benefits not provided by traditional, subtractive manufacturing.

What's it Made Out Of?
All of our printers use PLA or PLA+ filament.

3D Printer


The Woburn Public Library has LulzBot desktop 3D printers .
The print area is about 152 mm x 152 mm x 158 mm (6 in x 6 in x 6.2 in). 

Printing Material
The WPL uses PLA.

Print A Project
To have an object 3D printed: email
The staff will provide and estimated cost for the print.
Prints are delivered as they are made and may require removal of support material.

Is It Done Yet?
We’ll email you when your print is complete. Then you can collect it in the Reserve Area.

About 3D Printing

3D Design Online Tools and Help

There are lot of freely available software and lessons available online. Here are a few: 

Thingiverse - Find and download models other users have created and shared. Some models have the option to customize them so they suit your needs.

Tinkercad - The interactive lessons are perfect for the first time user! This free cloud based 3D modeling software will have you creating your own designs in just a few lessons.

FreeCAD - Advanced users will appreciate the power and depth of this software that can you download for free to your computer. Video tutorials

OnShape - Use either the cloud based software or as an app for iOS or Android devices. More sophisticated design tools than TinkercadVideo tutorials

MeshMixer - Download this free software to sculpt, edit, and mix objects. Video tutorials

NASA - Take a look at NASA's selection of .stl files you can download and use for printing. 

Sculptris - Download to your own device and sculpt with virtual clay.

Simplify 3D - A great visual troubleshooting guide that covers all of the most common problems.

NetFabb - Fix models that have mesh errors and other flaws that prevent them from printing. 

British Museum

Woburn 3D Printing Policy

Link to PDF of Policy

What is a 3D Printer:
A 3D printer is a device for making a three-dimensional model from a computer generated digital design.
Successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes to form the object.
Why it is Important:
Personal manufacturing has profound social impacts. The library wants to bring to Woburn the concepts of
what 3D printing and personal manufacturing are all about, along with an understanding of the design skills
needed to take full advantage of the creative opportunities that are arising. Woburn is a center for
technological advancement in today’s information and high-tech manufacturing economy. The library is
excited to be able to offer access to tools that help our community members cultivate the skills necessary
for entry and growth in these fields.
How to use it?
3D prints can take several hours to complete. We ask that you submit designs to print in advance via email
to Following your submission, we will contact you with a price quote for printing
your design, an estimated wait time for delivery of your design, and to go over your print options. While we
will estimate your wait time, the Library makes no commitment to being able to produce print submissions
in a specific timeframe and will choose the order in which jobs are printed to maximize efficiency and give as
many people as possible a chance to obtain a print.
Email to schedule an appointment to discuss your design or submit it to print.
Guidelines For Use:
● Builds are scheduled in advance by emailing
● All designs must be submitted in an .stl file format
● 3D printer builds can take hours so patrons must leave both their email address and phone
● The library reserves the right to decline any print job
● Patrons will pay for material used on their build by weight. Payment is to be made at time of
● We will assess a charge of $0.25 (twenty-five cents) per gram after the object has been
● Patrons will not be charged for misprints.
The Woburn Public Library 3D printers and related equipment may be used for lawful purposes in
compliance with library policies. Patrons may not upload, transmit, display, or create content that violates
any law, privacy or property right. Please be aware that prints themselves may occur within public view and
that the library does not make any promise that any particular print will not be seen by members of the
public. We do consider that the identity of a the submitter of a job will fall under the same legal protection
that extends to the privacy of the intellectual content of borrowers of library material. The Woburn Public
Library reserves the right to refuse to scan or print any object. For more information on 3D Printing or for
resources on how to make a 3D design, please see our website:

Approved by the Woburn Public Library Board of Trustees, 04/01/19.