3D printing is available in Picton (Lulzbot TAZ 5) and Wellington (MakerBot Replicator 2). Come by for a demonstration or to schedule a 3D project.

Both machines print stereolithograph (STL) files, using a biodegradable, plant-based polylactic-acid (PLA) filament, which is available in several colours. Patrons can download STL files from online databases (like www.thingiverse.com) or they can create their own (with apps like Tinkercad).

Cost of printing is $1 plus ¢.03 per minute. The maximum print time is 6 hours. (An average smartphone case would take 100-150 minutes to print, and the cost would be in the $4-5 range.)

For more information or to schedule a 3D print, contact techhelp@peclibrary.org.

The Lulzbot in action!