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Services | October 21, 2021

Idea Exchange has a number of 3D printers available for public use:

Old Post Office location:

Clemens Mill location:

All of our machines print computer designs in three dimensions using PLA. Short for Polylactic Acid, PLA is a plant based corn product, which is biodegradable so the environmental impact is lessened.

The Ultimaker S5 at the Old Post Office will also print in TPU, ABS, and PVA, which is a water-soluble filament used for support.

You can create your own designs using Tinkercad, a computer-aided design (CAD) program that is easy, intuitive and child friendly too, or you can grab a ready-made file from Thingiverse, Cults, or MyMiniFactory, repositories of 3D designs that are free to use.

Material costs apply:

  • PLA Filament is 10 cents per gram. An average job is 25 grams ($2.50).
  • Ultimaker S5: TPU, ABS, and PVA filament is 20 cents per gram.

If you'd like to try our 3D printers, you can submit a 3D print design to oporeception [at] ideaexchange.org or cmmakerhub [at] ideaexchange.org. Or, come by our Old Post Office and Clemens Mill locations to check them out in person.