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3D printing

Add some depth to your creations

8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday | Te Ahumairangi, Wellington

Print physical objects from your three dimensional digital models at the Library.

What's available?

  • 3 Up! 3D printers
  • iMacs with software to make and edit 3D models
  • Print up to 120 x 120 x 120mm
  • Print hollow or with a honeycomb fill
  • Use STL format files

What does it cost?

$3 per print, plus $1 per hour of machine usage – minimum one hour charge.

What's 3D printing?

It's a process for making a physical object from a 3D digital model – most printers do this by laying down thin layers of a material on top of each other.

Our printers feed a lightweight plastic filament through the print-head and heat it to its melting point, then extrude the plastic onto a build plate surface in a pattern, hardening upon impact.

What can I use?

Want to start designing and printing your own 3D models?

Repositories

Find existing models to print.

  • Thingiverse: the world’s largest 3D printing and design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things
  • GrabCAD: a community where engineers can upload and download models from a free CAD library. This repository has over 800,000 open source models available
  • Yeggi: a search engine for 3D printable models
  • YouMagine: a smaller online community and repository for 3D printing

Software

Create your own models and get them ready for printing.

  • FreeCad: Free, open source, and powerful 3D design software with a growing number of downloadable add-on features.
  • Meshmixer: Mash, mix, sculpt, stamp or paint your own 3D designs. Available on our iMacs
  • Sketchup: used for general 3D modelling but excels with geometric shapes. Sketchup is easy to learn with powerful plugins to extend its capability. Free for non-commercial use
  • Sculptris: provides an excellent gateway into 3D sculpting
  • Tinkercad: super easy online 3D modelling application
  • Blender: an open source 3D creation suite. Powerful but a little more complicated to learn