The Makery

3D Printing procedure has changed:

  • 3D prints must be picked up at the Drive Up Window.
  • Once the 3D print is completed, it the will be weighed and the fee for the print will be added to your library card. It is $0.10/gram with a $1.00 minimum. Library cards with $20 or more in fees and fines will be frozen until paid. Elmhurst Public Library is not accepting cash or check payments.
  • The fee for the 3D print must be paid online before coming to pick up at the Drive Up Window.

User Guide: 3D Printing Guide

What is it?

With a Lulzbot Taz 6 and two MakerBot 3D printers, users can design and create real items, including prototypes. These FDM 3D printers lay down thin layers of material, layer by layer until the full design is rendered.

What can I make?

Patrons have created necklaces, favorite movie characters, pencil holders, hair accessories, tiny dragons, and more.

  • is the best website to find ideas or models for free that can be downloaded and submitted to print.
  • is an excellent website for creating your own designs or tweaking an existing design, and has great tutorials for learning.

To see full Makery equipment usage and rules, see the Makerspace Policy.

What does the Makery provide?

  • MakerBot Replicator printer
    • 8 hour print limit
  • Lulzbot Taz 6 printer
    • 2 hour print limit
  • PLA Filament
    • $0.10/gram
    • $1.00 minimum

What do I need?

Library staff will then review the request and print the items. Patrons will be notified when their print job has finished. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print that does not comply with policy, size, or time restrictions. If a 3D print is not picked up after 30 days, it becomes the Library’s property and a charge will be put on the patron’s library card. To see full Makery equipment usage and rules, see the Makerspace Policy.

Printing designs are not guaranteed to come out as intended and can be affected by any number of variables. The Library does not refund printing fees for completed items which do not come out as intended. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

What materials can I use?

The Makery provides 10 different colors of PLA filament to use on the MakerBot: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, warm grey, cool grey, black, and white. The Lulzbot Taz6 uses only white nGen filament. The print is weighed at the end and costs 10¢/gram with a $1.00 minimum print cost. For safety reasons, staff are unable to use filament supplied by the patron.


Tips & Tricks

  • The standard settings used for 3D prints are 10% Infill with 0.2mm Layer Height and 2 Shells. Please specify under “Additional Info” if your print requires different settings. Note: Adjusting these setting will increase print time.
  • is an excellent website for beginners to design 3D prints. Tinkercad offers 3D design tutorials and more. Tinkercad can also be used for creating .svg designs for the Laser Cutter.
  • Blender and Sculptris are available in the 2nd Floor Computer Lab for 3D designing.
  • offers online video tutorials and trainings on demand. Changes Coming! Starting April 27, 2021 is upgrading to LinkedIn Learning. Access will be down temporarily while data is migrated. For more details visit:  LinkedIn Learning for Library – Patron FAQ 
  • Library books about 3D printing
  • Shapeways is a recommended 3D printing service that can print in more materials and process larger requests than what we can provide at the Library.

NIH-approved files EPL has printed during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

All 3D designs are printed with 10% Infill Density, 0.2 Layer Height, and 2 Shells unless otherwise specified in the “Additional Information” section of the 3D Print Request Form.

Suggested Hands-Free Door Openers:

Elmhurst Public Library does not endorse nor profit from these links. These are suggestions of where you can purchase items to use in the Makery but are by no means an exhaustive list.

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