The Library's 3D Printing Service will no longer be available at this time. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
How do I get my model printed?
- Fill out the 3D Print Request Form at https://library.upei.ca/3dprint/form and upload your file.
- Important Note: Form will no longer be accessible while 3D printing is shut down.
- Check your email account for an email from Library staff with your estimated print cost (can take between 1-3 days to arrive)
- We will not be accepting 3D prints that are longer than 6 hours. If you are not sure how long your print is, fill out the form and we will estimate the time of the print for you.
- Respond to the staff's email accepting the estimated cost (if there are any issues, please inform staff at this point)
- Watch for another email from Library staff letting you know that your print is ready for pick up. (Please note we cannot provide pick up times in advance).
- Pick up and pay for your print at the Library Service Desk (cash or UPEI ID card only).
What is 3D Printing?
It is a process that allows you to create a real-world version of a digital 3D model or design.
Our printer uses a type of technology called FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling). This type of printer uses "a string of solid material [plastic] called the filament. This line of filament is guided from a reel attached to the 3D printer to a heated nozzle inside of the 3D printer that melts the material. Once in a melted state, the material can be extruded on a specific and predetermined path created by the software on the computer. As the material is extruded as a layer of the object on this path, it instantly cools down and solidifies - providing the foundation for the next layer of material until the entire object is manufactured." (Description from 3dhubs.com)
Where do I find 3D models that I can have printed at the Library ?
There are lots of free websites where you can download free 3d models that have been created and made available by other users. Here is a list of websites to check out.
How much does it cost to print?
$4.00 + $0.10/g
Library staff will weigh and calculate final cost once the print is complete.
What material will my printed object be made of?
The Library uses a type of plastic called PLA (polylactic acid). It is not quite as strong as some other types of 3D printing materials and it can warp under a moderate amount of heat (a figure sitting on the dashboard of a hot car can start to lose its shape) but it is cost effective and has very little odour when melted.
Model: FlashForge Creator Pro
Maximum Print Size: 22.5cm x 14.5cm x 15cm
See our FAQ and 3D Printing Resources page for more information on 3D Printing at the Library
Contact: Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, come in person, or, call the Library Service Desk at (902) 566-0583