We strive to make new technology available to everyone. That's why we have a 3D printer available for you. Read more to find out how you can take advantage of this 21st century technology at the library. 


To use the 3D printer, you may enroll in one of our monthly 3D printing workshops held in the library (check our events calendar), submit a 3D file online, or bring your file to the New Media desk on a USB flash drive. Please keep the following things in mind before you submit your request:

  • Files must be in STL format (.stl), .obj, or .3mf
  • Our printer can accommodate files up to 10” x 8” x 8”.
  • Patrons can request a maximum of 2 hours of print time per week
  • Individual pieces must be able to be completed within 2 hours
  • Prints will be made using nGen filament in the color the library has in stock at the time of printing. If you need a specific color or specialty filament you can donate the whole spool cost and we will purchase it. Any remaining/unused filament becomes the property of the library.
  • Files will be printed as is.
  • Please allow 1 week for your file to be printed.
  • You will be notified by phone or email when your print is complete. We will hold print jobs at the computer lab desk for 7 days.
  • The library is not responsible for failed 3D prints, although we will do our best to assist in completing successful 3D prints.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  • Only Highland Park Public Library card holder may submit files for print.

3D printed miniature ice-cream stand made by a 3rd grade student



We recommend Tinkercad, a free, web based 3D design tool, for beginner designers that includes lessons or short tutorials to learn the many features available to users. You'll need a valid email address to sign up.

You also can try SketchUp and Autodesk 123D. Both require downloading the free software. Onshape is professional-grade CAD for public design.

Free files

3D model repositories


If you have more questions about what you can and cannot do with our 3D printers, please consult our 3D printing policy.