3D Pritnter3D Printing  Service

CKPL offers 3D printing as a service! You can design a 3D model at home, send us the file and the specifications via our web form and we'll print and send the object to your local branch for pickup. 

CKPL has a new Ultimaker 3 printer! This printer can print supports in a water-soluble PVA filament, resulting in better print results and smoother surfaces. You can dissolve these supports by placing the print in lukewarm water overnight (note that it may take several hours for PVA supports to fully dissolve).

Attend one of the library’s Intro to 3D Printing workshops where you’ll learn more about 3D printing and design. Read our 3D Printing FAQs for more information.

Upcoming workshops:

Intro to 3D Printing
Wednesday, October 16
6:30 pm
Chatham Branch, Board Room 

Intro to 3D Printing
Thursday, November 14
6:30 pm
Chatham Branch, Board Room
Registration required

Tools for 3D Design

Websites

TinkerCAD
Free online tool that allows you to create and download 3D models. Users are required to register with this site.

Software

Sketchup
SketchUp is 3D modelling software that's easy to learn and incredibly fun to use. Download SketchUp for free and get started drawing in 3D.

Blender
Great for experienced designers, Blender provides lots of design options, but may be difficult for beginners to master.

3D Model Libraries

YouMagine
A large collection of online 3D models shared by YouMagine community members. The site is supported by Ultimaker.

Thingiverse
One of the largest collections of 3D models available online. Very user friendly. Most models on Thingiverse can be downloaded for free.

Yeggi
A 3D model search engine that searches multiple websites for 3D designs.

Pinshape
A large collection of online 3D models for downloading. Some models must be purchased before they can be downloaded.

Libre3D
Offers a large collection of online 3D models for download. Most models can be downloaded for free.

Cults3D
Offers a large collection of online 3D models for download.

MyMiniFactory
The models available on this site are mostly designed by professionals. The site also allows for "requests" of 3D models.

GrabCAD
Another large site with a number of free models for download. Users are required to register with this site.