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COVID-19 Update: Curbside Service is on hold, at Pflugerville Library, until further notice due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the area. Learn more

Pfab Lab & 3D Printing

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COVID-19 Update

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the area, we are putting Curbside Service on hold until further notice beginning Wednesday, July 8. All item due dates will be extended until August 1, and will be reassessed at that time. In the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation to determine the best time to resume our reopening plan. Library staff will still be available at library@pflugervilletx.gov for all patron needs. Regarding craft and virtual event kits: If you registered for a future event, your kit will be held for you until we resume Curbside Services again.

The library building remains closed to the public. Meeting room reservations and in-person programs are on hiatus. See the event calendar for online program offerings.

Please visit pflugervilletx.gov/reopen for the latest updates from the City regarding the reopening of city facilities. 

If you have questions while the Library is closed, email library@pflugervilletx.gov. We appreciate your understanding and will continue to keep you updated on the status of the library and future programs.


The Pfab Lab is a makerspace that is located inside the library. The lab is equipped with craft tools like 3D printers, circuits, a sewing machine and other basic crafting supplies. The following equipment is available in the Pfab Lab. Currently, the Pfab Lab is open for programs. We offer programs that feature our tools on a rotating basis.

To register for our hands-on 3d printer, laser cutter, embroidery machine, or Inkscape classes, click on the events listed below.

Upcoming Demos & Classes 

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Equipment List

Due to public health concerns, certain library services are now limited. We are not currently accepting 3D print submissions. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

 

Please note: The Library accepts 3D print requests by email. We typically run print requests on Fridays. Print jobs will be completed in the order that they are received. It can take up to two weeks for submissions to be printed, depending on demand.

Guidelines:

  • The applicant must be a Library cardholder in good standing.
  • 3D prints are limited to one file submission every two weeks. Please do not send Zip files with multiple components.
  • Print must be submitted as an STL file.
  • Files must be uncorrupted. Staff will not try to print an item more than twice.
  • Prints allowed up to 5 in high x 5 inches wide x 5 in long and must not take longer than 2 hours to print. If larger, the print may be scaled down and/or made hollow to fit the printer’s capacity.
  • The object(s) must be capable of being printed during one run (e.g. 12 small flowers might be printed simultaneously, but a robot of size might require several different print runs).
  • Library print programs take precedence over other print runs.
  • The default print resolution is .3 mm.
  • Received print files may take as long as two weeks to be printed; the Library will notify the applicant by email when the object is ready for pick-up.
  • As in other Library reserves, printed objects will be held for 3 days.
  • Prints will cost 5 cents a gram up to $3. If the charge is more than $3, you will be contacted to see whether you would still like your print.
  • Fees will be charged to the applicant’s library account, payable upon collection of the print. Cash or check only please.

Submit a file to print to 3dprint@pflugervilletx.gov.

Submitting files for printing:

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Please read through the 3D printer policy before submitting files. Download our 3D Printing Resources Guide to find out how to find, edit and design files.

Let us know your top three color choices. Available colors: Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Gold,  White, Red, Teal.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When is the Pfab Lab open?

    The Pfab Lab is currently open for programs and classes. Current Pfab Lab activities include the Adult Pfab Lab Craft, Adult Coloring Club, Senior Crafternoon. We also offer demos throughout the year.

    Are there age restrictions for the Pfab Lab?

    Program participants must be at least 8 years old to enter the Pfab lab. Children ages 8-11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. Please see program descriptions for suggested program ages.

    How can get I my 3D files printed?

    We accept print jobs from library patrons via email at 3Dprint@pflugervilletx.gov. We accept .stl files for printing. Visit out 3D printing page for printing options and policies.

    How can I get involved?

    Contact Bette at bettem@pflugervilletx.gov for more information about volunteering and teaching opportunities. We are open to working with makers of all types for demos and classes.

    Do you accept donations?

    Absolutely! We accept craft supplies and tools to be used in future programs. E-mail Bette at bettem@pflugervilletx.gov if you have items you wish to drop off at the Library.

     

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