Maker Tools

Get creative at the library! FVRL offers crafting and maker programs as well as tools you can use at the library for your own personal projects.

3D printers

Community members can be certified to use the 3D printer outside of regularly scheduled events.

Libraries with 3D Printing Equipment

3D certification

  1. Complete training. At home or in a library, watch the library's on-demand training series. This training provides an overview of our 3D printing guidelines, an introduction to our printers and software, and the basic skills needed to complete certification.
  2. Get certified. After completing the online training, make an appointment at a library with a 3D printer to demonstrate your basic printing skills and knowledge of our guidelines. (Use the general contact form and explain that you need to demonstrate your 3D printing knowledge.) Certified users should feel comfortable using 3D printing tools independently, with minimal staff help.
    • Minors (age 17 and younger) must certify with an adult. The adult certified in 3D Printing must be present during 3D printing sessions with the minor.
    • 3D Printing Skill Sign-off for certification generally takes around 20 minutes.
  3. Drop-in to use the 3D printer. After you're certified, you can drop in at a library hosting a 3D printer to work on projects independently.
    • Please call the library before you visit to make sure the equipment is available.
    • Please note that certified use of a 3D printer is on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Certified users must monitor the printing equipment during the entire printing process.