The library has two CUBE 3D printers; the Cube and the CubePro; and two Makerbot Replicator2 3D pritners. The Cubes create 3D models via ABS or PLA plastic in "smart" cartridges. Cubify design software is compatible with other design software converted to cubex file format. Printers are currently in the Tech Services area and the "designlab" on the ground floor of the library.
There are two hand held 3D scanners which can be checked out for use in the library.
The Cube 3D printers use Cubify software and can print .cube3 files directly. Other file types (.stl, .3ds, .ply) created with various design programs can be converted to .cube3 files in the cubify app.
Tinkercad, SketchUp, Geomagic design, Rhinoceros, Blender, OpenSCAD are examples of freely available design software (some have free and fee versions) that use CAD principles. Many design programs require users to create a free account. See each product description and the FAQ for CUBE for more information
Check out the MakerBot Thingiverse archive for ideas and designs that can be downloaded and printed.