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See what students have created using the Exploratory:
This Exploratory is located in the Daniel J. Patterson Campus Library + Learning Commons. Please note there are two separate rooms within the Exploratory: one side for editing/3D Printing/Makerspace/audio recording and one side for video recording (with a green screen); each side is booked separately.
Hours of operation are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
**Note: equipment is for use in the Exploratory ONLY. Please provide your own USB stick or other device to save your files if you do not plan to upload them to the web.**
Learn more about Creative Commons images, music, etc. to use with the green screen from our Copyright for Students guide.
Niagara College students, staff, and faculty have access to a 3D printer and scanner at the NOTL Campus Library’s Exploratory.
The filament used to create objects is Polylactic Acid (PLA) which is a biodegradable polymer derived from renewable resources. The material has a smooth appearance but it actually porous. This means that it should never be used to make articles that come into contact with food, for example.
Most requests will be printed by ncLibraries but keep in mind because this is an academic setting some items will not be printed.
Learn more about the basics of 3D printing and scanning from the tutorials available on ALL3DP.com!
Problems with your print? Check out these troubleshooting guides:
ncLibraries Exploratory reserves the right to:
There is currently no fee for 3D printing services, however, this is subject to change in the future.
ncLibraries Exploratory does not have storage space to keep your item indefinitely. You will receive an email once your item is complete; this email will provide you with a deadline in which to pick-up your item (usually about 1 week). If your object has not been picked up by the deadline, it will be recycled.
Only authorized ncLibraries Exploratory staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer, but you can watch items being printed!