3d printers

Library link: Airdrie 3D printers print on

These devices are incredibly useful in the way they recreate small to medium sized plastic items.

The Airdrie Public Library (APL) Makerspace hub is an exciting area of ​​the library.

Programs like Makerspace Exploration offer groups of four a weekly learning experience in robotics, circuitry, 3D design/printing, and more.

Our multimedia station – equipped with an iMac equipped with the Adobe Suite software suite – is also located in this space. Clients can access this station to work on video, photography or design projects.

The Makerspace also has two gaming computers, loaded with games such as Batman: Arkham City, Slay the Spire and many more.

Also in the Makerspace are APL’s two 3D printers. Our first 3D printer, a futuristic and sleek looking Ultimaker 2, was provided through a donation from Wawanesa Insurance in 2016, and it immediately became popular with customers.

Our second printer is a Creality Ender 3, a device with a steam punk look, fun to watch as it does its magical creation.

With both of these options available to customers, we have 3D printed toys, jewelry, phone cases, intricate puzzles, game pieces, appliance buttons, and even a full-size, working violin.

Additionally, our Ultimaker 2 was commissioned during the early months of the pandemic to manufacture face shield and earmuff components for Airdrie Urgent Care medical staff.

These devices are incredibly useful in the way they recreate small to medium sized plastic items.

APL offers a full 3D printing service for filament cost per gram.

Customers can use print-ready designs from Thingiverse or can create their own via Tinkercad, 3D modeling software, then submit them via our website for printing.

Recently we replaced our Ultimaker 2 with the Ultimaker 2 Plus Connect which is faster and quieter. We also upgraded the Creality Ender 3, improving its reliability.

For more information about APL’s Makerspace and the services we offer, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca