Grande Prairie Public Library Adds 3D Printing to List of Services
“There are many options.”
Anderson explains that 3D printers work by melting a filament to create a shape based on a 3D model.
To have the models printed at the library, Anderson says users can email files to [email protected] The cost to print these files is $ 0.15 per gram of filament.
“Once we receive a printed file… the amount of material needed will be calculated,” says Anderson. “When the prints have been paid for, they will be placed in our queue. We allow three to four weeks for the print job to be completed. “
She says the library will print gray filament models, which can then be painted with acrylic paint.
There are also limits on what can be printed. The library will not print anything that is prohibited by law, poses a threat to the welfare of others, or infringes on copyrights, trademarks, patents or intellectual property rights.
Anderson says she also looks forward to when the library can reopen to the public, as the library has creative computers where residents can try their hand at building their own 3D model or other creative projects.
“We also have creative technology computers with programs like Adobe, AutoCAD, Photoshop Suite. All of this, ”Anderson said.
“We want to create the opportunity for the people of Grande Prairie to use technology and equipment that they might not otherwise have access to.
The 3D printers and creative computers were purchased through the Janssen Legacy Fund.
In 2016, local resident Willie Janssen left a bequest to GPPL, with the request that the funds be used to fund technology for children and teens.
“Thanks to Mr. Janssen, this technology will be available to users of all ages,” says Anderson.
A list of 3D printing resources can also be found on the GPPL website.