3D Printer - MakerBot First Timer's Guide

First Timer’s Guide – Makerbot

1. What is it?

2. What can I do?

3. What do I need?

4. Materials I can use?

5. Where to buy materials?


  1. What is it?
  • The Makerbot is a 3D printing machine that turns a 3D digital design into a physical object. It lays down thin layers of material layer by layer until the full design is rendered.


  1. What can I do?
  • The possibilities are virtually endless with the Makerbot. Patrons have created necklaces, favorite movie characters, pencil holders, hair accessories, tiny dragons … if you can build it on the computer—or find the build file on the internet—the Makerbot can print it. If you would like to build your own model, tinkercad.com is an excellent website, especially for beginners as it has great tutorials. If you don’t want to build your own design, www.thingiverse.com is the best website to find ideas or models. From thingiverse, you can download build files that are print-ready or tweak them in a program like tinkercad.


  1. What do I need?
  • All you need is a computer with internet capabilities or access to one either at the library or elsewhere. To send a print to the Makerbot, simply go to elmhurstpubliclibrary.org, find the Create tab, click 3D Printing, then click Request a 3D Print and follow the instructions from there, or you can bring in the .stl file on a flashdrive and give it to one of the Makerspace staff members.


  1. Materials I can use?
  • Printing materials are provided by the Makerspace.


  1. Where to buy materials?
  • Materials are provided. The printing cost is .10 cents per gram, with a one dollar minimum. However, if you would like to use a color the Makerspace does not offer, you can purchase your own PLA filament at https://store.makerbot.com/filament/.