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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, at 7 The Square). You can also use Blueprint's computers to design your own objects.

Pricing

Filament Printing

  • If your model is downloaded from the internet: $0.20 per gram + $1.00 print fee.
  • If you have created your own model: $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.

Resin Printing

$0.40 per gram + $1.00 print fee.

School classroom pricing is available. Please contact us for more details.

Our 3D Printers

Filament (FFF/FDM) printers and bed size (w × d × h):

  • 2 × Ultimaker 2+ (223 × 223 × 205 mm)
  • 2 × Prusa i3 MK3S+ (250 × 210 × 210 mm)
  • 3 × Prusa MINI+ (180 × 180 × 180 mm)

Resin (SLA/MSLA) printers:

  • 2 × Prusa SL1 (120 × 68 × 150 mm)

Materials

The Library prints primarily using PLA which is biodegradable and non-toxic, though NOT food-safe. PETG filament is also available, and you are welcome to bring your own filament if you require specific properties.

The resin printers print with Prusa Grey Tough. This material is suitable for mechanical parts, but low temperature resistance (below 50°C). As with the filament printers, you are welcome to bring your own resin but there is a $10.00 surcharge to cover the cost of replacing the tank's FEP film.

Colours

PLA filament has the largest range of colours, although we can't guarantee a particular colour will be in stock. 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 (including support removal) 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 a filler-primer that can be sanded or brush-on resin coating such as XTC-3D are both good options.

Submitting a Print Job

Come in and see us or submit your print job online. 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 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!)

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.

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:

Important Notes

Sometimes prints fail

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

We do not print replica weapons such as guns or knives (regardless of colour), or any real weapon parts such as receivers. If you have a specific prop in mind, such as for cosplay or an historic display piece, please talk to us before submitting your job.

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.

Contact Blueprint Makerspace

Telephone : (06) 351 4100

Email : makerspace@pncc.govt.nz

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