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What is 3D Printing

3D Printing is the process of creating a physical object from a digital drawing.  The Qidi 3D printers at Olean Public Library operate by building up thin layers of a material called PLA filament.  As these layers harden, a 3 dimensional representation of the digital drawing is produced.  Based on this principle, anything that can be digitally designed could be created as a physical structure.  Applications range from low volume prototypes of new products, to fidget toys, or art pieces.  

If you have a design you would like to print please read the policies and procedures section below and feel free to print and submit the Olean Public Library 3D printing form at the circulation desk.  


Just looking for a model to print?  The following websites have .stl files for free or purchase:


My Mini Factory


Interested in designing your own models to print?  The following are some of the top picks in FREE design software.  Most of these have tiered subscriptions for more advanced features that require payment.



SketchUp Make



Only designated library staff will have hands on access to the 3D Printer.  

Any completed prints left at the circulation desk for longer than 30 days become the property of Olean Public Library.

Olean Public Library reserves the right to refuse ANY 3D Print request.

The Library’s 3D Printers may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D Printers to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library Environment
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.



Please check this list before submitting your file for printing:

  • Make sure your library account is in good standing
  • the file should be in .stl format
  • item does not exceed 6″ in any dimension
  • Print time does not exceed 5 hours
  • Only one print item submitted per week
  • Default print color is BLACK. Other colors MAY be available by checking with the Technology Engagement Librarian
  • Designs created at home must be downloaded onto a USB drive and may not exceed 25MB
  • Allow 7 business days for completion

Print and submit the Olean Public Library 3D printing form at the circulation desk.  

Failed prints happen for various reasons. We will stop the print job if we believe it is not going to be a successful print.

Patrons are responsible for removing their own rafts and supports.

Helpful tools

  • Process for converting an image into a 3D printable .stl file from engineerdog.com HERE

3D Printing at Olean Public Library would not be possible without the generous donation of the Qidi-Max and Qidi-Plus 3D Printers made by Boundless Connections and the continued support of the Friends of the Olean Public Library.