3D Printing

Hoping to print a small item in 3D?  Great! 

The library has a Makerbot Replicator printer that uses PLA plastic.  It can accomodate small and simple designs.

NOTE:  Allow 7 - 10 days from time of submission for item to be printed. You will be notified of the costs and expected pick-up time available before the item is printed.

STEPS for printing a 3D object at the library.

Creating a 3D object

  1. Find an object from a website ot program that provides 3D models for download using either Thingiverse or Pinshape.
  2. If you want to create your own 3D object, use TinkerCAD or SketchUp.
  3. The 3D printer only accepts STL files.

Submit your 3D print file

  1. Use the 3D printing submission form - RESTRICTION: ONLY STL files are accepted.
  2. The file is previewed and print costs calculated by the eLibrarian.
  3. When modifications to the object's design are required for a successful printing, you will be notified to make those correction as they are your responsibility.
  4. A notification is emailed to you when the printed object is ready for pick up.

Cost to print a 3D object

It costs $0.05 per minute of printing, plus a $2 administration fee. As an example, if your print job takes four hours to print, the total cost would be $14 (240 minutes x $0.05 = $12 + $2 = $14).

Printing time for a 3D object

Printing times for 3D objects vary widely depending on the size and the amount of detail. After submitting the file, library staff will evaluate and calculate the total cost for printing based on the estimated time.

Colours available

Available filament colour:

  • black
  • blue
  • green
  • red
  • white
  • yellow
  • grey
  • pink
  • purple
  • orange


The Library prohibits the printing of 3D objects that violate the Library's Code of Conduct Policy and Technology @ HPL Policy.

Library staff DO NOT design objects nor make modifications to submitted files. 


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