3D Printing

3D Printing

Shellharbour City Libraries will have 3D printing available from Warilla, Albion Park and Oak Flats Libraries. These will be available for all Library members to use. You can create your own design online or download a pre-made model. Take a look at Thingiverse to see a huge range of 3D objects people have made. You can download their models and print one for yourself.


There are also many free programs that you can use to create suitable 3D models. If you’re just starting out, try TinkerCAD or Google Sketchup. Advanced users can try their hand at Blender or FreeCAD.

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is the process of creating a three dimensional object from a digital model, by building up layer upon layer of solid material.

How long does it take to print?

A small, 2cm high toy robot takes around 20 minutes to print. Large objects can take several hours. The larger, more solid, and more complex an object is, the longer it takes to print.

How much does it cost to print?

The cost is currently charged at $1.10 per 10 minutes of use (including GST). This includes the cost of materials.


How do I print my 3D model?

Warilla Library provides a 3D printer service. All you need to do is complete our 3D Printing Request form and return it to Warilla Library along with a USB containing the 3D file in .STL format. We will then contact you quoting the cost of printing your model and a proposed pick-up date.