3D Printing at APL

3D Printing is available at Airdrie Public Library!

3D Printing Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions:

I want to try 3D printing.  How do I get started?

  1. Explore all the different objects at Thingiverse.com. You can send us a link and we will be happy to print the design for you. 
  2. If you intend on making your own object check out Tinkercad—a free, easy-to-learn online 3D design and modeling tool.  
  3. You can learn the basics by checking out our Tinkercad- 3D Design video tutorials on YouTube.

What kind of 3D printer do you have?
We have an Ultimaker 2+ printer.
Nozzle Size: 0.4 mm
Infill Percentage: 20%
Layer Height: 0.1 mm

Is there a charge for using the 3D printer?
Yes, the cost for printing is $0.10 per gram of plastic, or filament, used.  For example, if your final project weighs 50 grams, the cost is $5.00.  We can help estimate the cost of your project before printing.  Most objects end up costing between $2.00-$10.00.

How long does 3D printing take?
The length of time it takes to print an object really depends on the size of the project.  The actual printing process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the project.  Our 3D printer is in high demand so plan ahead. Queue times are dependant on your specific project and colour selection. 

What type of file formats does the printer accept?
The printer will accept file formats: .stl, .obj, .dae, .amf

What kind of material is used for printing?
We only print using PLA—a corn based, biodegradable, environmentally friendly plastic filament.  Please note this filament is NOT food safe.

Can I print more than one colour?
Our printer prints in a variety of colours including black, white, red, blue, yellow, green, purple and grey.  Of course, you can also print your project in white and paint over it using acrylic paint.  

How do I submit a file for 3D printing?
You must fill-in our online form. Please send all questions and queries to 3Dprinting@airdriepubliclibrary.ca

Here are some of the projects we have printed so far!