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3D Printing

Information about a 3D printing service available at Whangarei Central Library.
Updated: 10/02/2021 11:10 a.m.

3D Printing Service.

Discover a new technology that takes your creative ideas and turns them into 3D reality

Whangarei Libraries is offering a 3D printing service.

The printer, an Ultimaker 2+ is located at Whangarei Central Library and is available for everyone of all ages, for printing hobby prototypes, artistic creations or household items and toys.    

What is 3D printing?

3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, means making solid objects layer by layer according to a 3D design file. This differs from traditional manufacturing, such as machining, which often involves cutting away material in order to achieve a shaped physical object.

What can you make using 3D printing

You can make a wide variety of objects with 3D printing: anything from toys and fashion accessories to model buildings and gadgets.  

How to use this service

Using the 3D printer is easy. All you need is a 3D design saved or exported in .STL (stereo lithography) file format.

Where do I get a 3D design from?

There are 3 ways to obtain 3D printing designs for printing:

  • Download
    Many designs can be found online, copyright-free, for personal use:




  • Design your object using free CAD (computer-aided design) software 
    There are free online software which will help you get started with the concepts of 3D design:

SketchUp - is fun and easy to learn

Tinkercad  - is great for all ages and does not require any downloads.

What kinds of objects can I print?

Anything except offensive material or weapons. We review every object file before it is printed.

The 3D printer's maximum build volume (WxHxD) is 20 x 20 x 20 cm.

How much will it cost?

The cost for printing is $2 set up fee plus 20 cents per metre of plastic filament used.

We can give you an estimate prior to printing your model and let you know the exact price once it has finished.

Most medium sized or medium complexity models cost $5 or less. Remember, the more intricate or larger your model is, the more plastic it will use.

What colours can I print are available?

Your object will be printed in one solid colour. You can paint your object in any colour later.

How long does it take to make a 3D print?

Longer than you might think! If an object has many layers or a complicated structure, it can take hours to print. Simpler, flatter designs can be finished in as little as 5 minutes.
We will only print objects that take less than 4 hours.

How do I print my object?

Bring your .stl file to the Information desk at Whangarei Central Library:

We will review your file and queue it to print then let you know when it will be printed.

If you have emailed us your file, we suggest you come to the Library while it is printing to check it. 

For enquiries

Visit Whangarei Central Library

Phone: 09 430 4206





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