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Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

3D Printer

Explore the world of 3D printing using the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library’s Cube 3D printer.

What can you make with the 3D printer?
Any three-dimensional object you can imagine such as jewelry, home appliance parts, toys, models, or phone accessories. You can also print prototypes for a business, or artistic venture.

What materials can you print?
Our printer can only print using ABS or PLA plastic filament.

What colours can you print in?
Currently, we offer prints in black, and white. Up to two colours can be used in one print.

What files types can I submit?
We only accept .stl, .obj, or .cube3 files for printing

Is there a fee to get something printed?
Yes, we charge flat fee of $2.26 (HST included), plus $0.10 per gram of material used for all 3D prints. For example, a print that is 45 grams will cost: $2.26 + (.10*45) = $6.76.

Are there any restrictions on what I can get printed?
Yes, the library’s 3-D printer may be used for lawful purposes only. We will not print any material that is:

Prohibited by local, provincial, or federal law.
Is unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses a threat to the well-being of others
In violation of intellectual property rights.

Other restrictions:

  • A maximum of 5 hours is allowed for each print job.
  • Print jobs are limited to 6 x 6 x 6 inches or (15.25 x 15.25 x15.25 cm).
  • Please see the Library’s 3D Printing Policy  for more details.

How do I get something printed?
Find or create an .stl, .obj, or .cube3 file.
Save the file to a USB stick and bring it to the Reference Desk at the Centennial Library, or submit the file by e-mail to
Staff will validate your file using Cubify software. If the file is validated and abides by the Library’s policy, your file will be added to the queue for printing.

You will be notified when your item is scheduled to print, and when to pick up your printed item.

Where can I find designs to get printed?
If you are interested free designs that have been made by other people, we recommend browsing Thingiverse to find what you are looking for. Most of the designs available through Thingiverse are licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning they are free to download and alter. You can also create your own designs with free design software such as Autodesk 123D.