3D printers create objects from digital files by laying down successive layers of melted material via nozzles.
3D printing allows the rapid prototyping of design concepts. It is used in aerospace and automotive engineering as well as medical and other scientific fields.
How much does it cost?
3D printing is currently free during our initial pilot phase in 2016. In the future there will be a charge to cover the cost of the material printed, just as users currently pay to cover the cost of their paper-and-ink print jobs and photocopies.
What material is used in the library’s 3D printers?
The 3D printers use PLA (polylactic acid) filament, a biodegradable thermoplastic polymer made from plant starch. Please note that the 3D printed objects are not “food safe.”
Why is the Palo Alto City Library offering 3D Printing?
The Library’s mission is to connect and strengthen our diverse community through knowledge, resources, and opportunities. We inspire and nurture innovation, discovery, and delight by:
Providing access to emerging, transformative and popular technologies
Supporting interest in design and prototyping
Empowering people to engage in creative learning
Supporting entrepreneurs, artists, students and educators.
Building technology literacy.
Serving as a community gathering place where people share knowledge.