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Can I get something 3D printed?

Yes, we can help you with 3D printing. Bring your design in STL or OBJ format (.stl or .obj) to Blueprint: The City Library Makerspace (underneath the City Library, on The Square). You can also use Blueprint's computers to design your own objects.

Pricing

Standard Pricing

If you have downloaded an existing model from the internet, or if you have created your own model and want to keep your design private:$0.20 per gram + $1.00 print fee.

Sharing / Open Source Pricing

If you have created your own model and opt to share it freely online through one of the many 3D printing sites:$0.10 per gram + $1.00 print fee. The weight of any support material required to print your model is included in the final price.

School classroom pricing available, please contact us.

Our 3D Printers

The Library primarily uses FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) style machines including Ultimaker 2+ and Original Prusa i3 MK2.5S printers. One of the Prusa printers has a multi-material add-on and can print in up to four colours at once. An SLA (Stereolithography) printer is available for smaller, more detailed jobs. Please ask a staff member for pricing on this machine.

Build volume (Maximum print size)

Ultimaker 2+

  • 223(w) x 223(d) x 205(h) mm

Original Prusa i3 MK2.5S

  • 250(w) x 210(d) x 200(h) mm

Peopoli Moai SLA

  • 130(w) x 130 (w) x 180 (h) mm

Printing Material

The Library prints primarily using PLA plastic filament which is biodegradable and non-toxic, though NOT food-safe. ABS, PET, Nylon and other types of filament are sometimes available and prices may differ.

Colours and Finishing

Colours

A limited and variable selection of colours is available. If you require a specific colour please note this when submitting your print job and we will contact you with alternatives if it is unavailable.

Finishing

Cleanup and assembly of multi-part models is left to you. Superglue, contact adhesive or epoxy can be used to join printed parts together. If you would like a smoother finish than a model straight off the printer, we recommend a filler-primer that can be sanded or a brush-on resin coating such as XTC-3D before painting.

Submitting a Print Job

Come in and see us or enter your print job on our website here: citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz/3dprint

If you require the print scaled to a specific size or any other requirements, please note this when submitting your job. Remember to attach your print file, or copy and paste the online link to the correct file. We can directly print .STL and .OBJ print files.

Print files - Creating vs. Downloading

Getting started with 3D modelling is easy! We recommend starting with Tinkercad, a free & powerful cloud based design program. Tutorials are built-in and many walk-throughs are available online (you can even use it to design circuits!) www.tinkercad.com

For intermediate to advanced users we recommend software such as Autodesk Fusion 360, which is free for home hobbyists and offers a wide range of powerful modelling tools. www.autodesk.com/fusion

If all you want to do is find something interesting to print or check if someone has already created exactly what you are looking for we recommend checking out the models on some of these sites:

Some important printing notes

Sometimes prints fail

It could be a problem with the model file, the printer or the filament. We will do our best to print your model and work with you to get it done, however we cannot guarantee all print jobs are successful.

No weapons

If you have a specific prop in mind, such as a futuristic ray-gun for cosplay or an historic display piece, please talk to us before submitting your job.

We do not print replica real-life weapons such as guns or knives, or any real weapon parts such as receivers.

Large or exceedingly complicated print jobs

These printers are here to help you get started with desktop digital fabrication and are not mass-production units. If you require large jobs such as replicating many parts (or entire chess sets) we suggest looking at online print services such as shapeways.com

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Contact Blueprint Makerspace

Telephone : (06) 351 4100

Email : makerspace@pncc.govt.nz

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