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3D Printing

The DeSoto Public Library’s 3D printer is available to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is submitted online here: 3D Printing form.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing is the process of creating three dimensional objects from a digital file. Objects are printed on a specialized printer using a heating element to melt plastic filament and lay down the many tiny layers of the 3D object. There are endless possibilities when it comes to 3D printing!

Getting Started

  • Submit your design in .STL format.
  • Cost is 10¢ per gram of plastic/filament.
  • We will review your design, provide an estimated cost, and reply back via email.
  • We will print your job and email you when it's ready to be paid for and picked up.

Getting Specific

  • You must have a valid Library card.
  • Maximum printing size is 8 inches by 8 inches.
  • The printers may only be used for lawful purposes and be for objects appropriate for a public library environment.
  • Objects must not infringe upon any third party's intellectual property rights.
  • Object must not be illegal nor can they be construed as having the intent to harm.
  • Staff reserves the right to refuse any print request.
  • The library will not save or retain submitted files after printing is completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take?
Library staff will do their best to complete 3D print jobs as quickly as possible. However, due to several variables involved with 3D printing and limited hours of operation, wait times may vary.

My object has multiple parts. Should I submit them as a single file or each as separate file?
You should submit each part or component of your object as a separate file. This allows the library to optimize the print settings for each component.

Can the library create the design/file for me?
3D designs can be created using free online sources, like, or you can download pre-made designs from websites, like Library staff cannot create or modify any 3D designs.

For more information, contact the library at 972-230-9661, or email us!