Our Prusa 3D Printer is available for printing small-scale 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 Prusas are able to print from .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.
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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, 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 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.
Read our official library 3D Printing Policy.