| 3D Printers


Video tour of 3D printing in the Maker Space:






Video of Westport Library staff member Jun-Lucas Pritsker explaining 3D printing.

See what the New York Times has to say about 3D printing.


What is a 3D printer?

The 3-D printer uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer.

Some people want to see a 3D printer in action, and others wish to be more involved. Select the category below that fits your needs.

How can I view the 3D Printer in action?

Visit the Library any time and you may see the 3D printer in action. Our volunteers are happy to tell you about the program.

How do I learn to use a 3D Printer?

The majority of the coaches are volunteers. The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD).

Creating your own design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products, like Sketchup, Blender, Maya or Tinkercad. Currently we recommend that you view the video tutorials that accompany the CAD programs.

To schedule an appointment with a 3D printer coach for training, send an email to  wlmakerspacereservations [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: 3D%20printer%20Information%20or%20Appointment)  listing your preferred dates and times for an appointment. Please allow at least 48 hours for us to get back to you. (In most cases TWO 1 hour training sessions are required. Once the coach feels you are aware of how the 3D printer functions and how to solve problems when they occur, you can schedule a 2-hour session once a week on the printer while a coach is there. Future times will be dependent upon the availability of printers.)

Cost: Westport residents do not pay to use 3D printing services. Non-residents pay $10 an hour for the training (2 sessions on different days are required) and each use of the printer. There is no "drop in" use of the printers. All appointments must be made in advance.

Printrbot Jr

Teen volunteers make a 3D printer called a Printrbot Jr.


An Introduction to our 3D printer...

Resources for 3D Printers

A video to see the many possibilities of 3-D printing!

- http://www.thingiverse
The place to find digital designs for everyday physical objects -- part of Makerbot Industries Company.

A listing of websites relevant to 3-D printing including companies, online services,  3-D modeling software, etc.

The DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno is the first academic library in the United States to make the leap to offer 3D printing and scanning as a library service to all students as of July 2012.

Rimmer, Matthew.  “Creation and copyright law: the  case of 3D printing .”  Conversation, November 8, 2012.    
This discusses the impact of intellectual property laws on 3D printing.

A comparison of 3-D printers on the market from the Makershed Dec. 2012.

All participants are asked to sign a waiver form before working in the Maker Space. The forms are at the Reference Desk, or can be downloaded below.

Waiver for Adult      Waiver for Minors   Waiver for Families