3D Printing for Your Prototype at Plano Library

In John Brandon’s article “How to Join the 3-D-Printing Revolution Today” (link to article) from Inc. magazine, he says, “If you think 3-D printing doesn’t affect your business–think again. Entrepreneurs are already using it to manufacture almost anything you can imagine: toys, clothes, candy, prosthetic body parts–even cars and houses. The basics of so-called additive manufacturing have been around for decades: Machines ranging in size from large floor installations to office accessories spit out layers upon layers of plastic, molded into prototypes, components, or full products.”

The following steps are detailed in the article helping any entrepreneur go from designing a prototype to producing the final product. The Plano Public Library can be central to that process.

The Basics of 3-D Printing

Step 1. Design – Prototypes are increasingly popular, because they allow customers to test and order their ideal products.

Step 2. Upload – In order to design your prototype use free 3D design programs like Sculptris, or Tinkercad.

* Learn the software at one of our classes at the Davis Library. *

Step 3. Print – Print at the Davis Library. Objects are printed in PLA or ABS thermoplastic in a single color with 3D Systems CubePro 3D printer or PolyPrinter. Size limit is 9”x9”x9” and cost is $.20/gram.

Step 4. Prep – You might have to sand or polish.

Step 5. Enjoy – You’ve got your prototype!


Go further at the Plano Public Library! Learn more about 3D printing at the library with classes, books, or the online library service Lynda.com.


Koch, Melissa. 3d Printing: The Revolution in Personalized Manufacturing. 2018 (link)
Horvath, Joan C. Mastering 3d Printing: [modeling, Printing and Prototyping with Reprap-Style 3d Printers]. 2014 (link)


Lynda.com classes:

Learning 3D Printing (link)

This course draws a roadmap for getting started with 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), from choosing a printer to learning about 3D modeling.

Rapid Prototyping for Product Design (link)

This course gives a solid understanding of the available prototyping processes, and knowledge of the machinery and tools to bring your product through the prototyping stage and into the real world.


Post Author: Esther Garcia