Services | July 3, 2017
The future is now!
No longer the stuff of science fiction, 3D printing is being used for more exciting real world applications than ever before. New Scientist magazine even calls 3D printing the start of a second industrial revolution.
There certainly is a lot of hype surrounding 3D printers and now you can see what it is all about. Come into the Queens Square location to see and use our 3D Cubicon printer. Check out the way it takes computer models and prints them in three dimensions using PLA. (PLA is a plant based corn product that is biodegradable so the environmental impact is lessened).
At Idea Exchange, the 3D printer will allow members to print their own designs at no cost, or create new ones using Tinkercad, a computer-aided design (CAD) program that is easy, intuitive and child friendly too. Or if you’d prefer to use a ready-made design, go to Thingiverse a repository of 3D designs that are free to use.
The 3D printer is available on a first come first serve basis and you must stay with your print job while it is being printed. Anyone who would like to learn how to use a 3D printer can learn the fundamentals in a one-hour training session. Members must bring their own USB stick for printing, or purchase one from Member Services for $7.
In addition to the Queen’s Square printer, a second 3D printer will move between the branches for users in Preston, Hespeler and Clemens Mill later in 2017. So come in and see how this new technology can unleash your imagination.