3D printing

In the Glass Box we have two 3D printers, an RoboxPRO and an Ultimaker 2 Go.

Getting your design made

The machines are used in demonstrations in the Glass Box.

Any Somerset library member is able to submit a 3D design (as a .STL file) to Taunton library via, who will then cost the print and await confirmation to proceed.

We will process your design through a slicing engine; we use Cura (maintained by Ultimaker), cost up your design and inform you. Once we have confirmation you are happy we can set the printer going. We can then deliver the finished print to the Somerset library of your choice.Email your design

What does it cost?

Then cost of a print is calculated as follows;

  • £1.00 per metre of material used (PLA)
  • £0.50 per hour the machine is running.

Creating your 3D model

There are many different ways of creating a design but we recommend using one of the following two methods as a starting place.

MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, Thingiverse believes that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.Visit

Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone.

Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewellery – the list is truly endless!