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This guide provides resources to learn about 3D printing and scanning and the services that the Library provides regarding these technologies.

3D Printing at Bethel University Library

Introduction

Bethel University Library provides to the Bethel community the use of a consumer level desktop 3D Printer in the Makerspace.  This technology allows you to build physical objects from digital models that you can create in a variety of ways.  Instead of printing a 2D representation on paper of your big design project -- print an actual 3-dimensional model that can be held, felt, and examined from all angles!

How it Works

When you submit your digital file to the library to be printed and accept the time and cost estimate, your digital file is processed and created on a 3D printer to deliver a plastic model into your hands.  Your digital file is "cut" into many slices -- the 3D printer turns these slices into thin layers of extruded plastic. As the printer lays down each layer, the object begins to take shape.

Library 3D Printer

What Good Is It?

The technology to accomplish this sort of fabrication has existed for decades, but the equipment and materials costs meant that these devices were limited to large companies and specialists. 3D printing is now experiencing an emergence of very affordable machines (such as our printers) that put this technology in smaller businesses and homes, and professionals in all fields are embracing the ability to rapidly create objects for all kinds of purposes. Your experience with our printers will put you in an advanced position to realize the potential of this technology in your field of work as you begin your career.

Get started today!

Resources on 3D Printing in our Collection

Links of Interest

Quick Facts

Preferred File Types:
.STL .OBJ

Maximum Object Size:
Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation:

25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm
[9.9 L x 7.8 W x H 5.9 in]
7,522 cubic centimeters
[456 cubic inches]
 

Printing Materials:
PLA

Contact

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Kent Gerber
Contact:
Bethel University Library

Office: HC 304

Phone: 651.638.6937

Email: kent-gerber@bethel.edu
Website / Blog Page

Credits

Thanks to Steven Pryor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for permission to use his Guide as a model.