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Customizing a Model from Thingiverse


Please be aware that it may take at least 1-2 weeks for you to receive your 3D print

About the Replicator 2 | Rules | Creating Your Own Design

3D Printing @ the Library


New to 3D printing and aren't quite ready to create your own design from scratch? Thingiverse has numerous designs that you can use and customize.  This is a good way to get started with 3D printing!  Follow the instructions below to find a design and send it to us to print.

Select & Customize a Design

  1. Go to and click on the “Join Thingiverse” button in the top right corner of the website. 

  2. Fill out the registration form that appears.

  3. Once you are registered for Thingiverse, click on the “Create” button on the menu bar then click on “Customize a Thing”.

  4. Click on the “Launch this App” button to launch Customizer.

  5. Click on “see more” to see a wide variety of objects that you can customize.

  6. Once you have found an object that you would like to customize click the “Customize” button to start customizing the object.

  7. The customization process varies depending on the object. When you have customized the object to your satisfaction click on the “Create Thing”. In the popup, give your new object a name and click the “Create Thing” button once again. Keep the “Publish New Thing” box checked if you want other people to be able to see your object on Thingiverse.


  8. Click on “Go to My Queue”.


  9. When your object is ready click on “View Thing” to view your completed object.


  10. When you are ready to submit the object for 3D printing click “Download this Thing”. Then click on the file name to download the file. To 3D print your object follow the submission instructions.


Submit a 3D Model for Printing

  1. Send an email with “3D Print” in the subject line to with the .STL file of the object attached, the desired dimensions of the completed object and your preference of color (choice is not always available). Common colors include: white, clear, red, blue.

  2. Once your submission has been received library staff will review your 3D model for printability and appropriateness. If changes are needed you will receive an email detailing the changes.

  3. If no changes are needed your model will be printed and kept for pickup at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. You will receive an email letting you know it is ready for pickup. You can expect models to be printed in about a week but printing time can vary.

These instructions are based on ones created by librarian and Maker, Ridgeway Burns.


Available Filament Colors

The following colors are currently available:


  • Red

  • Black

  • White

  • Blue

  • Gray

  • Green

  • Chocolate Brown

  • Translucent Purple

  • Translucent Orange

  • Translucent Yellow

  • Clear (is actually opaque)

  • Neon Pink

  • Neon Orange

  • Neon Yellow

  • Robin's Egg Blue


View the colors listed above here. Please note: "translucent" colors are not "see through".