What is 3D printing?
3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital model and can also be known as additive manufacturing. Our printers progressively deposit molten plastic filament (polylactic acid or PLA) in layers to build up a 3-dimensional object. 3D printing has many applications across a wide range of industries and, for example, has been used in the creation of automotive parts, food innovations, home and fashion accessories, medical equipment and even artificial organs.
What can I use 3D printing for?
The printers in our libraries are great for creating objects like toys, craft tools or small decorations. You can also print replacements of damaged or lost items, for instance, a board game piece or zipper pull for your backpack. Another purpose for 3D printing is to test something new. Print a prototype or concept proof before going big.
Who can use it?
Any customer of the libraries, regardless of experience. Library members will be able to print for a lesser cost than non-library members.
All users of the 3D printer must abide by the 3D printing policy.
How much does it cost?
The cost for library members for a 3D print is 20 cents per gram of filament. The cost for non-library members is 30 cents per gram. End weight includes support material.
What kind of 3D printers do the Marlborough District Libraries use?
Our 3D printers are Makerbot Replicator+ printers. There is one at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) and one at the Picton Library and Service Centre. The maximum build volume is: 29.5 L x 19.5 W x 16.5 H cm (9,492 cubic centimetres).
The printers extrude PLA, a non-toxic resin filament that is made of renewable resources derived from vegetable starches or sugar cane and is compostable.
To learn more about how to print with our 3D printer go to our How to request a 3D print page.
Submit your request for a 3D print via our online form.