We are delighted to announce the newest addition to Westmeath Libraries: 3D Printers in Athlone & Mullingar libraries.
3D printers are tools that let you turn ideas in your head into objects that you can hold in your hand. Offering educational and artistic opportunities, 3D Printing is widely used for prototypes and designing, as well as being popular with hobbyists and DIYers.
Designs should be saved in .stl format from the CAD application or website. These can then be emailed to library staff for printing. Please note: The file will be printed “as is” without modification. If supports are needed during printing then they will still be in place when you collect your printed model. The maximum volume for the object is 200mm x 200mm x 250mm
Library staff will contact you via phone or email once your print is complete. Designs not collected after 7 days will become property of Westmeath Libraries and may be recycled or otherwise discarded.
Designs submitted for printing must be Polylactic Acid (PLA) compatible. This is the material used to print objects.
The 3D printer can only be used by designated library staff. Designs will only be printed at times when staff is available to do so.
Designs submitted will be placed in a queue to be printed. Staff cannot give an exact completion time of the print job at the time of submission. Please be aware that print jobs can fail for a number of reasons, and may need to be edited or resubmitted.