3D Printing at the Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces
Bring virtual creations into the real world with one of the Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces 3D printers. This is a perfect way to build product prototypes or make figurines, toys or spare parts.
Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces have a total of 5 printers available to print jobs submitted by library members.
There are three printers that use PLA Filament in a variety of colours.
There are two printers that use Standard Photopolymer Resin (grey prints).
If you are new to 3D printing, here is an overview.
What to Print
Library members can select from the Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces’ 3D Gallery.
Book a Champion session to finalize your choice and 3D Print your model.
This option is only available for those who have completed a Book a Champion session.
Alternatively, we have the following program available on the HP Sprouts if you are interested in designing your own objects.
The library does not provide a design service. While we can help you use the Tinkercad, Fusion 360 and Blender (Book a Champion for training sessions), Champions are unable to create designs for you or refine your designs.
How to Print
3D Printing is tricky and we want to show you how it works. To learn how to print on the Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces 3D Printers, please attend a Book a Champion session.
Already attended a Book a Champion session? Submit your expression of interest to 3D Print here.
A Makerspace Champion will get in contact with you if the submitted model is not suitable for printing.
The maximum build areas of our printers are as follows:
Flashforge Dreamer: 230(L) x 150(W) x 140(H) mm
Prusa Mini+: 180(L) x 180(W) x 180(H) mm
Flashforge Hunter (Resin): 120(L) × 67.5(W) × 150(H) mm
Maximum print time is 7 hours per customer.
The 3D print service operates as ‘first come, first served’ and can depend on the size of the print queue. We may be able to print your design within a day or two, or it could take longer than a week. Completed prints can be collected, once notified, from the Welcome Desk at your selected branch.
Hints and tips
If you choose to paint your build, it’s recommended to use acrylic paints on the PLA surface, although enamel hobby paint has also been used successfully, Makerbot has released a handy painting guide as well.
You will receive your print as-is from the printer, and you may be required to do some cleanup. This usually includes removal of rafts, which are additional pieces printed to stabilise the print job as it is being constructed by the printer. In general, a flat knife to remove rafts and a small file or scissors for any imperfections is required. Useful references:
- Post-processing of 3D polymer prints
- Finishing and post-processing your 3D printed objects
- Support material
- Removing support raft
A Makerspace Champion will tidy your resin print once it is finished printing. Keep in mind that this is a long process and will require a longer wait time.
Conditions of Use
Use of the 3D printer requires acceptance and cooperation with the following conditions of use:
- Only filament provided by Ipswich Libraries may be used on the 3D printers;
- Limit of 4 prints per customer per year;
- Ipswich Libraries Makerspace has a duty to respect copyright, and library staff may refuse jobs that are potentially illegal or inappropriate.
- Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces will not accept the printing of weapons of any kind.
- On submission of your job at Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces, you will receive a notification from a Makerspace Champion that your job is in the queue.
- Once your print is finished printing, your job will be held for one week for collection. After this time, if it has not been collected, the print will be sacrificed to the Makerspace Monster.
- The library cannot guarantee that a job will print successfully and by submitting a job for the print you accept that some prints may not have a successful outcome and the model will need to be reviewed and moved to the back of the queue.
- Due to the nature of 3D printing, objects will have some imperfections and rough edges, particularly where supports are required during the printing process to keep materials from collapsing. Printed models will be supplied with supports still attached. Removing the supports and smoothing the finish of the model is up to you;
- The handling of the 3D printer is restricted to the Ipswich Libraries Makerspace staff.
3D Printing & Copyright
For more information on 3D printing and copyright, please click on the link below to download the information sheet provided by the Australian Copyright Council.