The Tahlequah Public Library is excited to offer 3D printing to our patrons. Please review the following frequently asked questions prior to submitting your print job.
FREE 3D Printing Programs:
Want to make original 3D models to print on the library's 3D printer?
Tinkercad is a free 3D modeling program you can use in your browser. This means you don't even have to install the program to use it. Check out these "Getting Started" videos by Tinkercad and visit https://www.tinkercad.com/ to work along with the videos. (There are links to Tinkercad on the desktop in our Tech Center) ***Remember to save your file as a .stl file if you want to 3D print at the library.
123D Design is another free 3D modeling program that will help you start making your own 3D models to print on the library's 3D printers. This program will have to be installed on your computer or you can log in to the Tech Center's computers at the Tahlequah Public Library and you'll find the program on the desktop. Here is a set of 7 basic tutorial videos that will help you get familiar with 123D Desgin. Find the free program download at: http://www.123dapp.com/design
Not sure what program to use for 3D modeling? There are lots out there, from basic to advanced and free to expensive. Free software provides both basic and advanced programming. Here is a set of tutorials for the free 3D modeling program called Blender. Blender is a more advanced program. The very first video in this series, featured below, starts off explaing 3D computer graphics in general and not just the program Blender.
All this 3D Modeling for 3D printing OVERLOAD!!! If 3D Modeling isn't really your thing, but you DO want to print some really cool models with our 3D printers at the library, then THINGIVERSE is for you. It's a free place that has a million or more models already created and shared by the designers for free. Need a pokemon figure, or one of those cool fidget gadgets, a case for your raspberry pi, star wars figures, or maybe even something basic like a towel hook. Look on Thingiverse and someone has probably already created it! The video below describes Thingiverse. and...Go here to see for yourself: https://www.thingiverse.com/