Have you ever thrown away a knife, screwdriver or other tool after part of the plastic handle broke off and became too cumbersome to use? Maybe you just need a simple plastic clamp to seal your bag of tortilla chips, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to have them shipped through Amazon.
You might not realize that you can have all kinds of simple items like this made on demand using a 3D printer, often for much less than buying a new one online.
3D printing has become much more affordable and user-friendly in recent years. Gone are the days of programming individual paths and functions into a creepy drawing machine. All you have to do is find a file you like, run it in software, and send it to the printer. The hardest decision you have to make is what color would you like your new novelty item to be?
3D printers offer something for everyone, from innovative decorators to inspired inventors. If you spend some time working with 3D modeling software, you can even edit pre-existing models online to customize your print and make your creation fit perfectly into your home or office.
Don’t have room for a 3D printer at home? The library district currently has three 3D printers for public use. All you have to do is email us the file you want to 3D print, tell us what color you’d like it to be, then drop by the tech office upstairs to pay the impression. We ask you to pay for the item before we print it, but we’ll always give you the full cost up front.
Want to get started, or maybe learn a little more? Feel free to email us at [email protected].org. We are always happy to answer your questions and talk about this amazing technology!
Brenden Bobby can be reached at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint, by phone at 208-263-6930, or by email at [email protected]