Have you ever thought about creating a 3D model of your own design? Or making a spare part for something broken in your house? With 3D printing, these possibilities are now within reach.
The technology of 3D printing has been around for some time, but it’s only been in recent years that it’s become more accessible and affordable. Libraries across North America have been embracing this innovation and offering 3D printing services to their patrons.
One of the libraries that has decided to make use of this technology is the Edmonton Public Library. With the goal of making technology accessible to everyone, the library has installed 3D printers in their Makerspace. In this article, we’ll explore the 3D printing services offered by the Edmonton Public Library and the ways in which they’re helping to make innovation accessible to everyone in the community.
Edmonton Public Library is giving Edmontonians the opportunity to get involved with exciting advancements in 3D printing technology. Featuring a 3D printing service based out of Stanley A. Milner, and 3D printing design classes, Edmonton Public Library is introducing certification and appointment-based services. There are two methods of completing the training required to become certified—attend a staff-led class in person or undertake the course online, on demand. Upon successful completion of the class, staff will review your project files and run them on our 3D printer.
The growing accessibility of 3D printing technology has made it easier than ever to turn ideas into tangible products, while still owning intellectual property rights to those creations. Edmonton Public Library’s range of courses and services opens up endless possibilities for Edmontonians to pursue their interests in 3D printing and learn rewarding skills for the future job market. Having achieved your certification through attending one of our classes or taking an online course, you can benefit from multiple appointments to review projects or use our printer’s capabilities.
Our service runs from Thursday to Monday, excluding statutory holidays. Through our optional overnight printing feature, projects will be available for collection the day after they are submitted, by 10 AM. Our virtual appointments offer customers across the world approximately 30 minutes of time to cover a range of topics and services.
This particular service is particularly recommended for those aged 12 and over; however, under 12’s may still access our services with an accompanying caregiver who has received appropriate training regarding using our various systems. In-person visits require an adult responsible party to stay during their time at our locations and oversee activity. Our care and responsibility towards younger users is something that we have built this program around; ensuring children understand online safety and secure procedures before engaging in any activities online or through technology is at the top of our minds.
At 3D Printing, we believe in providing a hassle-free service for all of our customers. We are dedicated to producing the highest quality prints using the best materials available and charging just 10 cents per gram for PLA plastic material used. Furthermore, we have designed a completely seamless pick up process – after completing the 3D printing process, customers can simply select their preferred library location and transfer their print there. Customers will be notified when their print is ready to pick up, and they can conveniently pay at that time using whatever method of payment is most convenient (Debit, Credit or Cash).
To ensure customers get the best experience with us, we provide a straightforward pricing system that is easy to understand and adhere to no matter what kind of project someone has in mind. This allows customers flexibility when it comes to knowing how much any given project might cost them – no surprise costs upon pick up! In addition, our customer satisfaction staff is always available for any questions about payment or pickup services. With our streamlined payment and pickup process, anyone can get on track with their 3d printing needs quickly and easily!
It can be intimidating to get started with 3D printing for the first time. At Edmonton Public Library, we strive to make the process simple and straightforward.
To access our 3D printing service, all you need is an EPL library card. We also accept other forms of library cards as well. Once you have your card and are ready to use the 3D printer, you must attend a 3D printing certification session where you will learn about how to use our 3D printer safely and correctly. Afterwards, simply book an appointment by emailing [email protected] or calling 780-944-5342 and start creating your own amazing designs! Our friendly staff is available to help answer any questions regarding 3D printing and provide assistance in using the machinery effectively.
At EPL Makerspace, we are excited to give our patrons access this amazing technology from the comfort of their homes! Through our easy-to-follow steps and helpful staff members, anyone can become part of the latest craze in creating!
The Prusa i3 MK3S(+) 3D Printer is a high quality printer that offers a great build area of 250 mm wide x 210 mm deep x 210 mm tall. The nozzle on this printer comes with a resolution of 0.4mm, allowing for extremely precise layer heights up to 0.2-0.3 mm when printing on typical medium to fast profiles. This 3D printer also provides a heated print bed as well as automatic mesh bed levelling to ensure accuracy and reliability when printing jobs of any size or complexity.
The Prusa i3 MK3S(+) 3D Printer features a full set of specifications designed to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding users, including a filament runout sensor, Trinamic 2130 drivers, an integrated power supply unit and the ability to print with up to five filaments at once thanks to its multi-material upgrade kit. The entire system comes with a two year warranty and technical support from Prusa Research which means you can have peace of mind knowing that your equipment is protected in case anything goes wrong during use. With all these great features, it’s no wonder that the Prusa i3 MK3S(+) 3D Printer is one of the most popular 3D printers available today!
The material we use for printing is PLA (polylactic acid) plastic. It is a biodegradable and non-toxic plastic that has excellent mechanical properties, making it perfect for a variety of applications such as prototyping, product design and even art projects. PLA is also much easier to work with than other fil aments, making it ideal for first-time 3D printer users.
At EPL Makerspace, we want to make sure that our patrons have access to high quality materials and tools in order to get the most out of their 3D printing experience. That’s why we only use the best filament available – Prusa PLA filament – as well as a variety of other high quality materials and tools.
Bibliotech is offering a series of events related to the exciting world of 3D printing. On April 13th, there is an online event called 3D Print Your Own Rabbit (Or Egg), which will allow participants to learn how to design their own 3D prints. Then on April 22nd, there is a more advanced event called 3D Printing 101 Certification: In Person, which provides comprehensive knowledge about the technical aspects of 3D printing. If you’re looking for something more hands-on, then check out the 3D Printing Club on April 29th. Finally, for those who would rather have a self-guided learning experience, Bibliotech also offers a certification program called 3D Printing 101 Certification: On Demand at any time throughout May. This program provides an in-depth exploration into the fundamentals of the craft. Overall, these four events provide an exciting opportunity to gain insight into one’s creative capacity while exploring the powerful potential of digital fabrication technology!