3D Printing

3D Printing

KFPL will soon be offering 3D printers for public use in our new Friends of the Library Create Space at the Central Branch. This means that you will be able to design a 3D model at home and use our printer to print your creation, or find a ready-made design online and print it yourself. Please read KFPL's 3D Printing Policy and the following FAQ to learn more about this service.

Who can print at the library?

Use of the 3D printers is limited to patrons ages 16 and up who have completed the mandatory 3D Printer Training.

How do I book a printer?

At this time printers are not available for booking, but 3D Printer Training has begun. Patrons interested in using the printers are encouraged to register for a 3D Printer Training session with our Tech Tutor.

How much does it cost to print an object?

The cost of printing is currently under review.

How many printers does the library have?

We currently have two Prusa printers available for public use in the Friends of the Library Create Space at the Central Branch, and two Ultimaker 2 Go printers for staff use in community outreach and programs at other branches.

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.

Are there any objects that I cannot print at the Library?

All print jobs are subject to staff approval and we reserve the right to deny any print job. We will not permit the printing of keys, weapon components or copyright-restricted designs, or anything that isn’t in keeping with our code of conduct, for example.

What digital file is acceptable for printing?

The Prusas are able to print from .stl files and G code.

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.