3D printing builds CityLibraries up layer by layer

Date published: 28 September 2018

Townsville CityLibraries is giving locals the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of 3D printing with one-on-one demonstrations at Thuringowa Library.

3D printing is going to play an increasingly important role in our future from advanced manufacturing through to prosthetics and even building homes.

One-on-one demonstrations provide residents with hands on assistance from setting up the printer all the way through to the finished product – where you take your 3D printed model home.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said you can build almost anything using a 3D printer.

“You can make anything from toys and jewellery to moulds and manufacturing tools – if you can imagine it, you can make it,” Cr Doyle said.

Cr Doyle said 3D printing is gaining popularity in our libraries and this is just another way our libraries are moving along with the times.

“Libraries aren’t just a place to read, but to provide engaging and interactive learning spaces for people of all ages,” Cr Doyle said

“We provide modern libraries for modern needs – whether its 3D printing workshops, STEM programs or LEGO in the Library – our libraries are about providing lifelong learning experiences for our residents,” Cr Doyle said.

Local Councillor Russ Cook said anyone can participate in the demonstrations and to get involved is as simple as booking a session online.

“Anyone can learn to use the 3D printers from beginners through to people who are wanting to improve their skills and print more advanced designs,” Cr Cook said.

“Just go on to the CityLibraries website or pop in to Thuringowa library to book a session.”

CityLibraries is celebrating its 80th birthday with events running through until the final birthday party on 17 November.

Weekly sessions are held at Thuringowa Library every Tuesday from 9am.

Visit What's On Townsville for more information or to book a session.