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3D Printing

Our Prusa I3 MK3S​ is available for printing small-scale 3D printing projects.

Use of the 3D printers is limited to patrons ages 16 and up.

Mandatory 3D Printer Training is required before using the machine, and all users must follow our 3D Printing Policy.

Please note that use of the 3D printer requires a design file to be saved to an SD card. The SD Card must be smaller than 32GB and formatted in FAT32. The Prusas are able to print from both .stl files and G code.

You may design a 3D model at home, or find a ready-made design online, and save it to your own SD card to bring with you, or use one of the sample print jobs on the SD card we have provided. 

Only KFPL-provided filament may be used in the 3D printers to prevent damage to the machine. Materials are provided for a fee on a sliding scale of $0 to $20. Following your appointment, staff at the main service desk will accept the payment you feel is reasonable for your print job based on the amount of filament you used, what you can afford to pay, and what you may wish to pay forward to support others who use the machine.

Training

1. View How to Use the Prusa 3D Printer and the Original Prusa i3 MK3 Guide for a New User.

2. Read our 3D Printing Policy.

3. Carefully review this web page.

4. Contact programs@kfpl.ca to request our 3D printing quiz. Once your responses have been reviewed, staff will notify you to confirm whether you have successfully completed the training. If any of your answers were incorrect, they will review them with you. You may be asked to do another review of the training materials and to take the quiz again. 

5. Once successfully completed, a code will be added to your library account indicating that you are approved to use the 3D printer. You may then request a Create Space appointment.

Resources

The Prusa 3D Printer

Original Prusa i3 MK3 Guide for a New User

How to use the 3D Printer

Recommended Courses

The following courses can be watched on LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com).

Learning Tinkercad with Kacie Hultgren 

Designing a Replacement Part using 3D printing

Project-Based Learning STEM to STEAM with Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy  

Recommended YouTube channels

Prusa 3D

3D Printing Nerd

Tom’s 3D

Frequently Asked Questions

What material does the printer work with?

Our printers "print" (extrude) PLA plastic, a corn-based product. We usually have several colours of this plastic available.

What is the maximum size of object I can print at the library?

The object or part thereof must fit within the confines of the build area in the printer, with a maximum build volume of 25X21X21 cm (9.84"X8.3"X8.3"), and the object must be printed within your appointment time. 

I am not sure what to print. Any suggestions?

If you are interested in a ready-made design, we recommend checking out the collection of free designs on a website such as Thingiverse or YouMagine. You can browse objects and designs by category, by collection or by using searches.

If you are interested in designing your own object, a good place to start is with LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) (free access is available through kfpl.ca with your library card number and PIN). You can also start your learning about 3D design with one of the many titles available through cloudLibrary. All of these learning resources are available via our website and are free to you with a valid library membership.

Library Policy

Read our official library 3D Printing Policy.