Makerspaces and 3D printing

Find out about 3D modelling and printing, and other makerspace activities at our libraries and learning centres.

Mobile Makerspaces

Mobile Makerspace Kits are now in circulation, bringing exciting new technology and activities to your local library. We have all kinds of different robots, 3D pens, augmented reality, musical instruments, dice, marbles, cardboard craft and much more. See this list of makerspace events and activities, or check with your local library to learn more.

Maker space at Parklands Library
Maker space at Parklands Library. December 2015. Flickr 20151224_112615

3D and makerspace classes

Watch the videos in our step-by-step guide to making 3D models.

Beginners’ 3D design & printing

In this two hour class you will learn how to use free, basic 3D modelling software to design and print, using biodegradable PLA plastic.

Makerspace Girls 10 to 13-year-olds

This dynamic and innovative workshop will explore 3D design, coding, robotics, photo editing, animations, music making and a whole lot more!  This programme runs over two terms.

Makerspace workshop 10 to 13-year-olds

This dynamic and innovative workshop will explore 3D design, coding, robotics, photo editing, animations, music making and a whole lot more!  This programme runs over two terms.

Horizons - 2D to 3D Years 6 to 8

3D printing, using 123D software to design key rings, Hama beads and 3D pens to create favourite characters. Students will then use print craft to design their own buildings and 123D to design and print their creations.

3D Printing at Christchurch City Libraries

Library customers can get 3D modelling tuition, access to 3D Modelling software and the ability to 3D print their creations at the library. You can access Autodesk 123D Design Modelling software on public computers. If you want to try 3D modelling at home, Autodesk Tinkercad is a free online app with built-in tutorials.

View our online tuition on how to use Autodesk 123D modelling software
These 20 video tutorials will get you started with using this software.

Once you have modelled an object to print, use our 3D printing form to submit your .stl file for printing.

When a .stl file is received through this email address it will be checked for “printability” by staff and if it works, it will be printed for you. If not, staff will contact you to explain what needs to happen.

Our 3D printers

We 3D print using:

  • Makerbot Replicator 2 (maximum build volume of 28.5 L X 15.3 W X 15.5 H cm)
  • Ultimaker 2+ 3D (maximum build volume of 22.3 L × 22.3 W × 20.5 H)

Models are printed in a single colour. We have a variety of colours available – please provide two or three colour preferences when requesting your 3D print. The cost for a 3D Print is 20 cents per gram of non-toxic, biodegradable PLA filament.

Find 3D and maker space resources in our collection

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Want more 3D and makerspace opportunities?

Fab Lab

Fab Lab Chch is a community digital fabrication workshop that supports grass-roots innovation. Their goal is to empower people to become the makers and creators of their own world.

Classes are available for all ages, and they have bookable equipment available. Like Fab Lab Chch on Facebook.

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