3D Printing

Wheatland Regional Library has a 3D Printer (Makerbot Replicator+) available for use by all patrons!

Check out the FAQ's below to learn more about how you can use the 3D Printer.

Teachers and educators!  Interested in having your students designs printed?
Please email 3dprinting@wheatland.sk.ca and we can help you directly to ensure the smoothest process.

For individuals submitting prints please email  this 3D Printing Submission form to 3Dprinting@wheatland.sk.ca

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Who can use the 3D Printer?
How do I submit my print job?
How much does a print job cost?
How do I pay for my print job?
How long does it take to print something?
What formats do you accept?
Where can I find sample print jobs?
What sort of printing programs can build 3D files?
What colours do I have to choose from?
What happens if my object cannot be printed or errors occur in the print job?
How long will you hold my print job?
Where can I pick up my print job?
What is the maximum print size I can print?
Is there anything I cannot print?
Will you design an object for me?
How do I clean up my completed project?

 

Who can use the 3D Printer?

Our 3D printing services are meant for use by current Wheatland Regional Library cardholders. 

How do I submit my print job?

Once you have designed or decided on a 3D model, please email your requests to 3Dprinting@wheatland.sk.ca (Don’t forget to attach the file or link). We will check your design and provide a cost estimate as well as a few quick questions to help us print your object like colour selection and a pickup location.  Once we have your answers your object will be scheduled to print.

How much does a print job cost?

A processing fee of $1.00 will be charged for each job in addition to a charge of .10/gram.  The weight is calculated including the raft and all supports. 

How do I pay for my print job?

Payment will be made at your local branch library. An invoice will be emailed to you along with the date you can pick up your object.  3D printing must be paid for in cash.

How long does it take to print something?

As you may know, 3D print jobs can take a considerable amount of time before completion. Objects are printed by layering thin strings of plastic on top of one another. Thus, it is normal for an object to take 4-5 hours to complete.

After your object is printed we will send it to the branch on our weekly delivery schedule. Please anticipate a minimum two week turnaround between having your item added to the queue and delivery.  We will try to let you know if we anticipate longer than average wait times.

If you would like to inquire into the status of your print job please contact 3Dprinting@wheatland.sk.ca

What formats do you accept?

We can take STL and OBJ formats.

Where can I find sample print jobs?

There are multiple websites you can use for ready-to print designs. We recommend using the service Thingiverse for ease of use and the wide variety of designs available.

What sort of printing programs can build 3D files?

For beginners we advise using the program Tinkercad, which is a free web-based program that can help you make a variety of shapes.

For more advanced designs you can look into software such as Sculptris or Blender.

What colours do I have to choose from?

We try to stock 10 different colours black, purple, green, red, orange, beige, white, grey, yellow, and blue.  Objects will be printed in one solid colour. 

What happens if my object cannot be printed or errors occur in the print job?

Due to the shortcomings of 3D printing technology, it is not uncommon for print jobs to fail or have anomalies. You may be asked to make modifications to the 3D design before we print. You will not be charged for any failed print jobs.

How long will you hold my print job?

You have 2 months to pick up your print, after which it will be recycled. We will do our best remind you to pick up your print job. If you cannot pick up your item within this timeframe please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

Where can I pick up my print job?

You will be able to pick up your print job at your local branch library or at the Central Office in Saskatoon located at 806 Duchess Street.

What is the maximum print size I can print?

The object you are printing must fit within the parameters of our printer - 29.5 L X 19.5 W X 16.5 H CM. You must also take into consideration the estimated printing time – certain projects may be rejected if they take more than 10 hours to print.

Is there anything I cannot print?

Yes we will not print items deemed dangerous or inappropriate. This includes (but is not limited to) keys, items under copyright protection, and weapon components.  Due to the nature of PLA plastic, all 3D printed items are not food safe unless coated with a food-safe sealant.

Wheatland reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Will you design an object for me?

We are unable to design custom objects for patrons.

How do I clean up my completed project?

Your 3D print job will be supplied to you with raft and supports. Raft helps the job stick to the print bed while printing and supports ensure that overhangs and fine details print properly.

Raft typically peels away but if it sticks to the bottom of your job use pliers to gently pry it away from each corner of the print and then use a palette knife or scraper to separate the raft from the job. Be careful while doing this as the scraper can slip.

Supports also typically peel away but you may need pliers or strong tweezers to pull them away from the various nooks and crannies in your job. You can also use a metal file to smooth out your job.

Please read our complete Terms and Conditions here for more information.