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3D Printing Is on Its Way to the Toronto Public Library

"Digital Innovation Hubs" are slated to open soon at two TPL locations.

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Public Library.

Coming in early 2014 to both the Reference Library and the new Fort York branch are digital learning and work spaces complete with Macs, video cameras (and green screens!), professional-grade software—and, of course, 3D scanners and printers, which can do some pretty amazing things. Although the printers aren’t up and running quite yet, they have now arrived—and yesterday, TPL staff got the chance to learn about and play with their shiny, and extremely useful, new hardware. And starting in February, you’ll be able to take a tour of the Reference Library’s Digital Innovation Hub, and get hands-on with its technological holdings.

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  • VictorianShuter

    I hope they soon provide more info to the questions I have:
    1. Will there be a user fee?
    2. I assume it will be supervised, but what if I want to print something that’s “questionable”?

  • torontothegreat

    I wonder what the time limit on printing something is going to be? 3D printing is cool, but the objects take quite a while to print and are prone to not working the first few times.

    • Ab. Velasco

      Hi from Toronto Public Library! Thanks for your interest in our Digital Innovation Hubs and the 3D printing. You are absolutely right that 3D print jobs could be lengthy depending on the size of the object and/or the print resolution. We will have a maximum time limit for a print job, as a way of helping ensure as many people gets a chance to use it. All of this info will be shared soon – as part of our space opening announcements.

      Thanks again for your interest and we hope to see you at our first Hub opening at Toronto Reference Library in a few weeks. :-)

      • torontothegreat

        Thanks for the reply, I will surely be there!

  • 44North

    Is it illegal to print a handgun?

  • Ab. Velasco

    Hi from Toronto Public Library, Michael! Thanks for your interest in our Digital Innovation Hubs. There are many possibilities of things to 3D print. When our space opens, our staff will be happy to provide some ideas. There are also websites such as http://www.thingiverse.com where you can download already designed 3D objects for free for printing.

    As part of our Digital Innovation Hub learning opportunities for customers, the library is also offering Intro to 3D design classes at the Reference Library (registration is required): http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0&Ntt=intro+to+3d+design

    We hope you’ll check out our first Hub opening at Toronto Reference Library in a few weeks. :-)

  • Ab. Velasco

    Hi from Toronto Public Library, Ian! Thanks for your interest in our Digital Innovation Hubs. Yes, there is a way to estimate the print time. The library purchased the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers. Its related software – Maker Ware – has a feature that lets you estimate the print time of a job.