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Services | July 31, 2018

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 all the fuss is about. Come into our Queen's Square and Old Post Office locations to use our 3D Cubicon printers. Watch how the machines print computer designs in three dimensions using PLA. Short for Polylactic Acid, PLA is a plant based corn product, which is biodegradable so the environmental impact is lessened.

You can create your own designs using Tinkercad, a computer-aided design (CAD) program that is easy, intuitive and child friendly too, or you can grab a ready-made file from Thingiverse, a repository of 3D designs that are free to use.

Our 3D printers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and you must stay with your print job while it is being printed. A USB stick is required for printing. Bring one from home, or purchase one from Member Services for $7.

A printing fee of $0.10 per cubic centimetre of filament (printing material) will be charged for each print job. An average print job is about 10 cubic centimetres and costs $1.00.

Want to learn how to use a 3D printer? Sign up for a free one-hour training session and see how this new technology can unleash your imagination.