3D printers can take a digital file you have created, found, or bought, and turn it into a real-life three-dimensional object.
Our Eastside Branch has two 3D printers:
- An Ender Pro V2, with a build volume of 220mm x 220mm x 235mm
- An Ender 3 Max, with a build volume of 300mm x 300mm x 340mm
All of our machines print computer designs in three dimensions using PLA, short for Polylactic Acid. PLA is a plant-based corn product, which is biodegradable to lessen the impact on the environment. Our PLA is even made from Canadian sources. PLA can be plastic-welded, glued, sanded, and painted.
Please read the guidelines below to find out how you can print an object on one of our new 3D printers.
How to Print
3D printing requests must be made in-person at the Eastside Branch. Simply bring your file for printing on a USB drive and our staff will walk you through the file submission process and answer any of your questions.
You can print files you've designed yourself from any application or website that can create .stl or .obj files. We recommend Tinkercad if you are new to 3D printing. It is free and easy to use. There are also many sites that offer 3D files that are ready to print, such as Thingiverse and Yeggi.
Once your print job is completed, our staff will be in touch to let you know it is ready for pick up.
*Please note that due to a mechanical issue with one of the printers, there is currently a delay in releasing 3D print jobs.
Please continue reading below for further guidelines and information.
Customers will be charged for the total weight of the plastic used in the 3D print and any supporting structures at a rate of $0.03 per gram. For example, an average job, consisting of a two-hour print of 25 grams of material would be $0.75.
- You need a library card to use a 3D printer.
- There is a maximum of one print, per person, per day.
- We accept OBJ and STL file types only.
- There is no maximum print time.
- You do not need to wait for the print to complete - we will notify you upon its completion for you to pick up.
- At this time, colour options will be limited to black or white.
- While we try to work on a first-come, first-serve basis, some prints may jump the queue depending upon colour requests, total time/size of the print, etc.
- Customers must use the filaments supplied by WPL.
- Models of offensive items, drug paraphernalia, smoking accessories, weapons or weapon parts of any size are not permitted.