Implementing JellyBOX in Libraries

The Power of Free 3D Printing in Libraries

Libraries as Pillars of Our Communities

Libraries have long been the cornerstone of community engagement in the United States. Traditionally, they have provided access to an extensive range of books and other media, including CDs, DVDs, and even toys. Libraries are dynamic spaces where events are held, children can play, and communities can come together. One of their significant contributions has been providing free internet access, especially at a time when home internet was not ubiquitous. This service was so essential that people would park their cars near libraries after hours to access the internet.


Free 3D Printing as the Next Frontier

Today, 3D printing is at the forefront of technological innovation, similar to how the internet was in its early days. Implementing free 3D printing in libraries can democratize access to this revolutionary technology, bringing it to a broader audience. However, this initiative faces challenges, primarily because librarians are typically not experts in 3D printing. The success of such a program hinges on proper education and the careful selection of user-friendly 3D printers.


A Success Story: JellyBOX in Fairfax County Libraries

The Fairfax County libraries offer a compelling case study of successful 3D printer implementation. Over the past four years, 20 libraries in the county have used JellyBOX 3D printers to print more than 18,000 objects for the public.

JellyBOX printers are  in the Reston Library, Fairfax County.


Several factors have contributed to this success:

Hands-On Experience

Librarians built their own JellyBOX 3D printers, giving them practical knowledge and confidence in using the machines.

Comprehensive Training

    They attended classes to learn how to slice objects (prepare them for printing) and maintain the printers.

    Ease of Maintenance

      The JellyBOX features a "one-minute hot-end replacement," making it easy to resolve nozzle clogs.

      User-Friendly Design

        The transparent acrylic construction of the JellyBOX makes the printing process visible to visitors while keeping it safe and enclosed.


        Free 3D printing has brought younger members into the libraries, fostering a new generation of library users.


          Expertise in Deployment and Training

          IMade3D, the company behind JellyBOX, has extensive experience deploying, educating, and servicing 3D printers in libraries. Their professional development (PD) programs equip librarians with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully run 3D printing services.


          Transform your library

          into a hub of technological innovation and community engagement with free 3D printing. IMade3D offers comprehensive deployment proposals and professional development training tailored for libraries. Fill out our short form today, and we'll prepare a detailed proposal and arrange an online meeting to present the plan and answer any questions. Let's bring the future of technology to your community and inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

          Requesting More Information

          Fill out the form below to arrange a meeting to discuss how to effectively implement 3D printing in your libraries.

          Button label