Due to installation of sprinklers, 3D printing will be unavailable May 10 - 21, 2021.
3D printing will resume May 24.
3D Print requests may still be submitted May 10 - 21, but they will not be produced until the equipment has been relocated to its summer location in Hodges library.
Completed 3D prints will be available for pickup and payment at Hodges Library until Pendergrass reopens later this summer.
Contact Richard Sexton for more information.
All workstations in Pendergrass Library’s computer lab have AutoCAD, but there are alternative 3D modeling applications available at no cost. These alternatives can be found at:
For more information about 3D printing and modeling applications, please see our 3D Print Links.
It is often more productive to hand someone a model of a project to get your idea across rather than a drawing or explanation.
If you are developing a new product, you can use a 3D printer to take advantage of the process called rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping allows designers to create as many different iterations of an object as necessary to get the dimensions and form correct before going to full production. Full production of an object usually involves the costly process of creating dies and tools or utilizing manufacturing processes such as milling, forging, and/or casting. With 3D printing, these costs are greatly reduced because the 3D print material is cheaper by comparison and allows the designer to perfect the object before going to the production phase. If changes are made to a design after dies, tools, or other manufacturing implements are fabricated, they must be abandoned and new ones created adding to the time and expense of product development.
3D printers can also be used to fabricate replacement parts for household items that break. All one needs is a CAD file of the part, or for those with design skills, you can make your own CAD drawing. An alternative to using CAD is to utilize a 3D scanner to scan an object and then print it from the resulting file.