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The Exploratory Digital Media Makerspace

Information about our makerspace, including digital media and 3D printer options

Renovation Closure

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The NOTL Campus Exploratory is currently unavailable due to renovations.

Limited 3D printing service is available by submitting your job in the form below.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


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Please email questions to library@niagaracollege.ca.

3D Printing and Scanning

Niagara College students, staff, and faculty have access to a 3D printer and scanner at the NOTL Campus Library’s 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. You may also use the 3D scanner to create a model you can manipulate (learn more about 3D scanning).  The final file must be in .stl format and the maximum building size is 150 X 150 X 150 mm.
  2. Read the guidelines listed below.
  3. Submit your job using the link at the bottom of this page.
  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:

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. Below is a list of sites that offer free and/or open source 3D models and modeling software:

Pre-designed 3D Models:

3D Modelling Software:

  1. ncLibraries Exploratory will not print anything that resembles a weapon, or parts of a weapon.
  2. 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.

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!


Want to take your great idea further?  

ncTakeoff can help!  Working in partnership with ncResearch & Innovation, ncTakeoff is Niagara College's entrepreneurial hub, contact them today.