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.
- 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?
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
- Cubehero: a repository for sharing 3D printing and other hardware projects
- Yeggi: a search engine for 3D printable models
- YouMagine: a smaller online community and repository for 3D printing
Create your own models and get them ready for printing.
- 123d Design: a free, powerful, yet simple 3D creation and editing tool. Available on our iMacs
- 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
- 123DCatch: creates a 3D model from a set of photos. Available for Android, iOS and Windows
- Blender: an open source 3D creation suite. Powerful but a little more complicated to learn
- Netfabb: downloadable tool for fixing .STL files