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3D Printing: Quick Start Guide

To use the MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D printer, complete a 3D printer training session, then just check out the 3D printer USB thumb drive on Reserve at the Library Services Desk. You will need to calculate the filament pre-payment amount and give it to the Library Services Desk worker, who will post it on your library account. Filament cost must be prepaid. Library staff are available to answer questions and help you operate and troubleshoot the 3D printer.


Step 1 - Get Set Up To Print

  1. Find a 3D model:
    Go to opens new windowwww.thingiverse.com and download a free model. Thingiverse provides primarily free user-created, open-source digital models. opens new windowLearn more. If the Thingiverse download is a zip file, extract the files.
  2. Open the MakerBot Print software and upload your 3D model file:
    Download the software at:opens new windowDownload MakerBotPrint.
    Click Add Model.
    •Find and add (upload) the 3D model file(s) you downloaded from Thingiverse or other source.
    •Export your selected MAKERBOT file(s) for Replicator+.
    • Load the exported file onto a thumb drive.

    NOTE: Use your own thumb drive or the one available for 3D printing at the Library Service Desk.
  3. To use the 3D printer, go to the One-Stop Library Service Desk and check out the 3D printer reserve items that include a thumb drive you may use to download your 3D model file from your computer and a filament card to record and calculate your 3D object filament charge.

For detailed instructions, see "opens new windowMakerBot - How to Print an Object from Thingiverse.com" by White Clouds.


Step 2 - Get the Filament Cost

Plug the thumb drive into the 3D printer.

Use the on screen commands and turn-dial to navigate to your flash drive and choose your model. Press the turn-dial inward to select and begin.

Record the filament grams needed to create your model, multiply by $0.25, and then pay at the One-Stop Library Services Desk.

  • Payment may be made with Eagle Bucks or cash.
  • Pre-payment for material filament is required.

Step 3 - Print

Clear anything extra off the film plate before printing.

When the object is finished, allow it to cool then peel it gently off the plate. Turn OFF the 3D printer and go to the One-Stop Library Services Desk to check in the USB thumb drive.

If your print does not come out the way you intended – weigh and pay for material then throw away the filament you used. Try again.

LibraryMakerBotReplicatorPlus How-to Videos:

Watch the complete video [YouTube, 7:43mins.]