3D Printing at RHPL
Build, design, and create to your imagination’s content by booking a time to use the 3D printers in our Maker Space! A 3D printer can be used to create three-dimensional (3D) objects from digital files, from guitar picks to small-scale replicas of buildings.
Note that you must have an RHPL card in good standing,* to use our equipment. Richmond Hill Public Library’s Maker Space services include Prusa i3 MK3S+ 3D printers, with a building space of 9.84 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches.
3D printers use filaments to print, which are plastics (aka polymers) that can be shaped and moulded when heated and solidify when cooled. Our 3D printers use PLA filament of 1.75 mm (+/- 0.5) with a 0.4 mm nozzle.
3D printing is just one of our Maker Space services. Visit our Maker Space webpage to see what else you can create!
- Find or create your model: You can find free, open-source designs from websites like Thingiverse or Prusa Printers. If you enjoy creating your own designs, you can download an application like TinkerCad that will provide instructions and tutorials on creating your own model. Keep in mind that while we have a variety of filament colours available, only one colour can be used on your model at a time.
- Save your file: Ready to print your model? Save your file in one of the appropriate file formats (.stl, obj, .thing, .gcode) on a file hosting service like Google Drive or a storage device (USB flash drive or external hard drive). Staff will provide further information on how to use the PrusaSlicer software.
- Reserve our printer: Fill out our Maker Space booking form and begin the process of reserving a printer at an RHPL branch. After you’ve submitted the form, staff will contact you for a consultation and to schedule your appointment, tell you about any costs (if applicable), and answer any questions you may have.
- Visit the Library: Check in with staff 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. We’ll go over printing procedures at the Library and set you up with one of our iMac Creative Stations that contain the 3D printer’s software. We’ll also confirm costs and times of your print job. Our 3D printers will give you a reasonable estimate of how long your print job will take. Depending on the size and complexity of your model, printing may take some time (up to 3 hours); you’re expected to stay with the printer until it is complete.
- Last steps: Alert our staff when your print job is finished. We’ll remove your object from the printer, but you will be responsible for taking off the brim, raft or supports on your model.
During the launch of our Maker Space services, all equipment will be free to use. We encourage you to use this time to tinker, create and build to your heart’s content! In the future, you will be charged a small fee to cover the cost of filament.
It's all about the details.
* Persons with an Adult Card (full membership) and Student Card (full membership) in good standing may use our Maker Space equipment. You'll be required to show a valid photo ID (e.g. Ontario ID, driver’s license, student ID, etc.) at your appointment. You’ll also be financially responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment. Permission and supervision by a parent or guardian is required at all times if a child 14 or younger wishes to use the equipment.
Timing: Maker Space use is subject to the availability of the equipment. Arriving more than ten minutes late may result in the automatic cancellation of your booked time. All work must be completed 30 minutes prior to the branch closing; Maker Space equipment will not operate after the Library is closed. Your project will be cancelled if the estimated time of your work exceeds the time booked for your appointment or if your work can’t be finished before the Library closes.
Materials: The materials you need to provide depend on the equipment you’ll be using. Unless otherwise specified, only library-provided filaments and materials can be used; you are responsible for providing storage solutions (i.e. USB flash drives or web-based storage) for your files, and in some cases, you’re responsible for providing an item that your design will be printed onto (i.e. t-shirt, tote bag).
Your Project: Maker Space use is subject the approval of Library staff. You can’t create items that are illegal under professional or federal law, unsafe, harmful, obscene, dangerous, or pose an immediate threat to the wellbeing of others. This includes weapons or weapon components, sexually explicit material, or material that is in violation of another's intellectual property rights, such as items subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection. The Library reserves the right to halt, delete or disallow the creation of items that it deems to be inappropriate or unsafe.
Responsibility: As the creative genius behind your work, you are responsible for your masterpiece. You’re expected to monitor your work and are responsible for any issues with your design or initial files. We’re trained in how to use Maker Space equipment and are here to support you and answer any questions about the equipment that you may have. If there are problems with the equipment, please report them to us immediately so that we can maximize your scheduled block of time. We’ll do our best to ensure the equipment is working properly; equipment problems that you notice must be reported to us right away.
Fees: Some Maker Space equipment have costs associated with the materials (i.e. filament, vinyl) that the equipment uses. The Library does not offer refunds for failed print jobs. Credit can be provided for another Maker Space session in cases where a fee has been paid and hardware problems occur. You’ll be financially responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment. Fees are subject to change. Always visit rhpl.ca/makerspace for the most up-to-date information on our Maker Space services.