‘The 3D printer allows people freedom to be creative’

VC Library offers use of 3D printer to the public
'The 3D printer allows people freedom to be creative'

Rebecca LaCroix, Victoria Library assistant, demonstrates how the library’s 3D printer operates.

VICTORIA, Texas – The Victoria College Library is now offering a chance for the public to utilize some cutting-edge technology.

Guests now have the opportunity to create objects with the library’s 3D printer for five cents per gram of weight of the object. The state-of-the-art printer can make models up to nine inches square.

“The 3D printer allows people freedom to be creative and explore new technology,” said Rebecca LaCroix, VC Library assistant. “As technology continues to advance, we want to give people the ability to understand and keep up with it.”

If interested in using the printer, you will have to bring a complete stereolithography (.stl) file of your designed project

“They will have to use software like Tinkercad to make their design,” LaCroix said. “We will set up the printer, check for any potential issues with printing, and give a time estimate on when the object will be complete.”

Before printing begins, you will be told the price of your project.

“If you don’t want to create your own model, there are websites like Thingiverse.com and MyMiniFactory.com where you can download models for free,” LaCroix said.

VC’s Library, located on VC’s Main Campus at 2200 E. Red River Street, currently has summer hours of operation Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VC’s Library access

The public has access to a library card to check out materials, books, DVDs and CDs. Library access includes small groups meetings and work meetings in rooms on the second floor, free wi-fi and two computers for public use.

You can contact the Victoria College Library at 361-485-6851 to use the 3D printer.