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The ncLibraries Exploratory is a digital media lab and makerspace for students, faculty, and staff to access various types of technology and software that you might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore; you don't need to have any idea how to use the software or equipment, this is your opportunity to play!
The Exploratory contains software and equipment for filming videos, recording audio, editing videos, designing graphics, and creating prototypes with a 3D printer.
Who can use the Exploratory?
The entire Niagara College community (students, faculty, and staff) is encouraged to use the Exploratory for class-related projects or for independent supplementary experimentation and learning.
Why should I use the Exploratory?
Possible uses for the Exploratory include:
You can reserve a block of time in the Exploratory or drop in during designated open hours. Please visit our calendar to see available times. Staff members will be available during open hours or by request during reserved times.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries.
See what students have created using the Exploratory:
**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:
Recommended open source software alternatives for you to try:
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!