3D Printing is available at Parkdale and Westall Libraries.
Continue reading below for details on our 3D Printing Charges, 3D Printer Specifications, and Conditions of Use.
An information sheet from the Australian Copyright Council on 3D Printing & Copyright is also available to download for your reference.
3D Printing Charges
- $5.00 For the first hour of printing.
- $2.50 For each subsequent hour.
- $25.00 Maximum charge.
3D Printer Specifications
Kingston Libraries uses a Zortrax M200 for 3D printing jobs.
Printing is available in ABS plastic only and in the following colours, subject to availability:
- Cool Grey
- Jobs should be in .STL or .OBJ file format. You can supply your own SD card or buy one from the library;
- Printer build area is 200 x 200 x 185 mm;
- Only single colour prints are available and staff will not change filament colours during jobs;
- Compatible software will be available on all Parkdale Public PCs for preparing prints, however library staff members will not be able to offer assistance with 3D modelling.
Conditions of Use
Use of the 3D printer requires acceptance and cooperation with the following conditions of use:
- Only filament provided by Kingston Libraries may be used on the 3D printer;
- Limit of 1 job per customer per week;
- Kingston Libraries have a duty to respect copyright, and library staff may refuse jobs that are potentially illegal or inappropriate;
- On submission of your job at Parkdale Library, you will be given a quote for the total cost of the print. The charge for the print job is payable up front after which the job will be queued for completion within 5 business days;
- Your job will be held for one week for collection. After this time, if it has not been collected, the print will be recycled;
- The library cannot guarantee that a job will print successfully and by accepting the quote for the print you accept that service fees are applicable regardless of the outcome of the print;
- Due to the nature of 3D printing, objects will have some imperfections and rough edges, particularly where supports are required during the printing process to keep materials from collapsing. Printed models will be supplied with supports still attached. Removing the supports and smoothing the finish of the model is up to you;
- Handling of the 3D printer is restricted to library staff.
Introduction to 3D Printing
Interested in learning more about 3D Printing? Check out our online class available through Kingston Libraries' Niche Academy by clicking on the Access Online Class button below.
Alternatively, we run 3D Printing Workshop sessions at Parkdale and Westall Libraries every month showing you, in easy steps, the basics of 3D printing. Includes a booking for 3 free hours of printing on the Library 3D printer.
Prerequisites: basic computer skills and library card.
Limited spaces, so bookings are essential. Ages 15 +. Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.
3D Printing Workshop sessions have ended for 2018. Sessions will resume again in February 2019.