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3D Printing

NOTICE: 

*** To support an ongoing and sustainable 3D printing service, starting September 5, 2023 there will be changes to the cost of 3D printing from ncLibraries. ***

  • Students, faculty and staff will get the first 25 grams of their 3D print job for free. 
  • There will be a charge of $0.10/gram thereafter. 
  • You will not be charged for failed prints. 
  • You will be charged for item(s) upon pick-up.
  • You must pay in cash. Credit or debit is not accepted.
  • We will connect with you in advance of printing your job to provide you with a cost estimate.

Thank you for your understanding.

Please contact ncLibraries with any questions.

Submit your 3D Print Job here

SUBMIT YOUR  3D PRINT JOB 

NOTE: The file must be in .stl format and the maximum building size is 330 x 240 x 300 mm.

NOTE: 

*** To support an ongoing and sustainable 3D printing service, starting September 5, 2023 there will be changes to the cost of 3D printing from ncLibraries. ***

  • Students, faculty and staff will get the first 25 grams of their 3D print job for free. 
  • There will be a charge of $0.10/gram thereafter. 
  • You will not be charged for failed prints. 
  • You will be charged for item(s) upon pick-up.
  • You must pay in cash. Credit or debit is not accepted.
  • We will connect with you in advance of printing your job to provide you with a cost estimate.

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Niagara College students, staff, and faculty have access to a 3D printer at the Welland Campus Exploratory.

3D Printing Process:

  1. Choose or create a 3D model using free online software or the software available on the computers in The Exploratory. The final file must be in .stl format and the maximum building size is 30 cm tall x 33 cm wide x 25 cm deep.
  2. Read the guidelines listed in the next tab of this box.
  3. Submit your job using the link in the final tab of this box.
  4. Wait for the magic to happen. 

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:

Exploratory 3D Printer Software:

Edit/design your own 3D print:

Please review the following guidelines:

  1. This service is for non-commercial, academic, or personal use only. For these reasons ncLibraries Exploratory will NOT print large quantities of the same item.
  2. Please keep in mind that printing 3D items involves many aspects of intellectual property such as copyright, industrial design, patent, and trademark law. It is up to you to determine if you are infringing copyright or violating another’s intellectual property rights. Please be aware of this before submitting print requests. See the next tab in this box for a list of sites that offer free and/or open source 3D models and modeling software.
  3. ncLibraries Exploratory will not print anything that resembles a weapon, or parts of a weapon.
  4. ncLibraries will not print any material that violates Niagara College Conduct Practices.

ncLibraries Exploratory reserves the right to:

  1. Refuse any 3D print request.
  2. Use staff discretion to organize the print queue for overall efficient output.
  3. Photograph all 3D objects printed. Images may be used for monitoring, marketing, and/or reporting outcomes.
  4. Gather feedback from users.
  5. Implement additional requirements not listed here.

Until September 4, 2023, there is currently no fee for 3D printing services, however, starting September 5, 2023, ncLibraries will be charging for 3D Print jobs, to support an ongoing and sustainable 3D printing service. Under our new model:

  • Students, faculty and staff will get the first 25 grams of their 3D print job for free. 
  • There will be a charge of $0.10/gram thereafter. 
  • You will not be charged for failed prints. 
  • You will be charged for item(s) upon pick-up.
  • You must pay in cash. Credit or debit is not accepted.
  • We will connect with you in advance of printing your job to provide you with a cost estimate.

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!

Reserve the WC Exploratory

This Exploratory is located in the Welland Campus Library and Learning Commons

Hours of operation are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

Reserve the Welland Campus Exploratory

For faculty/staff use of the Exploratory, please contact Siscoe Boschman (WC).

*** Please note that users are responsible for replacement costs of lost or broken equipment after room usage.***

Equipment Available in the Exploratory

Photo of 3D Scanner

Shining 3D - EinScan Desktop 3D Scanner

Photo of 3D Printer

Cubicon Style 3D Printer

Photo of 3D Printer

Ultimaker S5 3D Printer

Button Maker

Button Maker 1.25"

Photograph of podcasting station.

RodeCaster Pro Podcast Production Studio (with headphones and microphones for 2)

2 Dell Workstations with Adobe Creative Cloud, AudoDesk 3DS Max, Microsoft Office 365, and more

Yeti Blue Microphone

Photo of green screen and selfie ring light

Green Screen and Selfie Ring Light

Moveable Sound Dampening Panels

Photo of camcorder

Canon XA15 Video Camcorder

Photo of Rode Video Microphone

Rode Video Microphone Pro

Photograph of lapel microphones

XLR Lapel Microphones

Photograph of tripod with cellphone attachment

Tripod (with Cellphone Attachment)

Oculus goggles and hand triggers

Oculus Quest Goggles

Photo of robot

Cue Robot

Photo of muse headbands in case

Muse Brainwave Sensing Headbands

Cricut Mug Press

Cricut Mug Press

Photo of Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker Explore 3

Photo of Cricut Easy Press

Cricut Easy Press 2

Photo of sewing machine.

Singer Simple Sewing Machine

Photo of iron ontop of ironing board.

Iron and Ironing Board

Software + Help Guides

**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.**

Licensed software on workstations include:

Help Guides:

Recommended open source software alternatives:

Video:
Audio:
Photo:
Coding:
3D Modelling:
Animation:
Desktop publishing/graphic design:

Learn more about Creative Commons images, music, etc. to use with the green screen from our Copyright for Students guide. 

User Manual:

EinScan-SE 3D Software User Manual 

YouTube Video:

User Manuals:

Singer Simple Sewing Machine (3221) User Manual

YouTube Videos:

YouTube Videos:

 

Supplies

Although use of the Exploratory is free-of-charge to students, staff, and faculty at Niagara College, patrons are expected to provide their own consumable supplies (i.e. cardstock, buttons, sewing supplies, vinyl, transferable ink sheets etc.) for use in the Exploratory. Upon request, however, the Libraries and Learning Commons offers the following supplies to patrons at-cost: 

  • Buttons (1.25”):  The 1st 5 are free, $0.25 thereafter 
  • Ceramic Mug (12oz): $5 
  • Canvas Tote Bag (sizes vary): $5  
  • Sewing Kit: $5 

*** We prefer if you use our thread in the sewing machine. If need be, you may supply your own, but it must be new and of good quality (i.e. Gutterman).  

3D Printing 

In order to ensure an ongoing and sustainable 3D Printing service: 

  • Students, faculty, and staff will get the first 25 grams of their 3D print job for free. 
  • There will be a charge of $0.10/gram thereafter. 

If you have any questions, please contact us for further assistance.

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