McAllen Public Library is offering an exciting new service at the main branch. 3D printers are now available to print designs submitted by library patrons. The printers use a plastic filament to build objects layer by layer.
Patrons can design objects using 3D modeling websites, such as Tinkercad or Thingiverse, which also provide design-ready objects for printing. Patrons can then save the design on a flash drive in .STL format, bring it to the Computer Lab at the Main Library and talk to a staff member to submit the design for printing. The cost of 3D printing is .10 per gram and staff will give the patron an estimate on the time it will take for the print to be ready.
The library has classes available for all ages that serve as an introduction to 3D printing. For more information: http://www.mcallenlibrary.net/services/mplab or call the library at 956-681-3000.