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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Go to the 3D Printing Service Policy

  • 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.

  • 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.