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Lovejoy Library utilizes a 3D printer that can make physical objects out of digital models. This guide will help you start using this exciting technology.
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3D Printing at Lovejoy Library


Lovejoy Library provides to the SIUE community the use of two state of the art consumer level 3D Printers.  This technology allows you 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.

MakerBot Replicator Mid-Build

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!


Books in our Collection

Cover Art
Fabricated - Hod Lipson; Melba Kurman
ISBN: 9781118416945
Publication Date: 2013-01-22
Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk. Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document. A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physical object by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file, or "blueprint."

Cover Art
3D Printing with Sketchup - Marcus Ritland
ISBN: 9781783284580
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
As 3D printing is becoming more accessible, it is important for designers and architects to know how to utilize the technology. SketchUp is a popular 3D modelling tool and is among the easiest programs to work with as a beginner. Whether printing on your desktop, or outsourcing to a commercial 3D print service, this is a skill you'll want in your portfolio.

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Google SketchUp 7 for Dummies - Aidan Chopra
ISBN: 9780470498071
Publication Date: 2009-04-29
Google SketchUp is the exciting free software package that makes 3D available to everybody. Whether you need to build 3D models for work, or you've just always wanted to explore 3D modeling, Google SketchUp was made for you. Still, it does take a bit of understanding to get started, so turn to Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies. In classic For Dummies tradition, Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies gets right to the point so you can start creating 3D models right away. You'll learn to:Set up SketchUp, learn about edges and faces, use inferences and guides, and build your first model.


2015 Difference Maker Nominee



Quick Facts

Preferred File Type:

Maximum Object Size (LxWxH):
225 x 145 x 150 mm
8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 in

Printing Materials:


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