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Meadowbank and Northern Beaches Libraries have Mojo 3D Printers. St Leonards Library has the Mojo uPrint SE Plus model.

What is 3D scanning?

Scanning allows you to create a 3D computer model representation of a physical object. You can then use this model as a base to adjust or build upon, or to eventually print in 3D . There are different ways in which 3D scanners work, some rotate small objects on a turntable to scan them, while others are handheld devices that are moved around larger objects to scan them. 

St Leonards and Northern Beaches Libraries have MakerBot turn table scanners.

Meadowbank, Ryde and St Leonards also have a HP Sprout turn table scanner

For more details, watch this video:

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What is 3D printing?

3D printing allows you to "print" a three-dimensional object out of a variety of materials, such as plastic, metal, and organic materials. Using a process called Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), a 3D printer would deposit hot plastic on to a build plate in layers that set instantly to build up a 3D object. Our printers use ABS plastic.

For more details, watch the video below or see this beginners guide for a comprehensive over-view.

How do I print in 3D at the library?

Printing at cost is available for current NS Students and staff on an individual basis. Printed items don't have to be related to your course or employment.

NS Teaching sections can also arrange and pay for printing of student group projects. Please contact your library for details.

For individual projects:

1. Create or copy an STL file of your object to a USB memory device.

You can create your own object or copy a file from one of the many free 3D model databases available.

Items must adhere to the Library’s 3D printing policy.

At Meadowbank and Northern Beaches library's you can print an item up to 127mm x 127mm x 127mm with a layer thickness of 0.178mm.

At St Leonards library objects can be printed up to 203mm by 203mm by 152mm with a layer thickness of 0.254mm.

A variety of colours are available at each location.

2. Bring your USB containing the STL file you want to Meadowbank, Northern Beaches or St Leonards Library. Library staff will be able to assist with the suitability of the item for printing, the costing and the print/clean time frame. Current costing is 49 cents per cubic cm.

3. Pay for the print costs through the ePark and Print autoloaders in the libraries. Present the receipt to library staff, who will then schedule your job.

The user will be advised by email when the object is ready for collection.

4. Collect your work within 14 days of being notified that the job is complete. You will need to show your TAFECard to collect your item.

Who do I contact?

St Leonards, Meadowbank and Northern Beaches Libraries have 3D printing facilities.
Please contact the library staff if you wish to print a 3D object.

Meadowbank Library: 9942 3720

Northern Beaches Library: 9941 5390

St Leonards Library: 9942 0918

These library staff will be able to help you plan and print your 3D objects

  • Meadowbank Library: Sean Simpson
  • Northern Beaches Library: Patricia Marasco
  • St Leonards Library: Oleh Ploskodniak

Guide editor: Oleh Ploskodniak - St Leonards Library - Phone: 9942 0918





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