Residents can watch their own plastic objects be constructed at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library.
The 3D printer is one of a few creative options offered by the library. It's a bit of a niche interest according to library assistants Emilie Zeibin and Robina Sobey, but it's been getting a lot more customers since being moved to its current position in front of the main desk.
Creations cost 10 cents per gram, but users have to find their own print files. Some places to start looking for print files can be found on the library's website.
"(Business is) quite erratic," said Zeibin. "Sometimes we have one after the other and other times we have a couple weeks go by where there's nothing."
Some notable creations so far include plastic foxes and a castle-themed marble run.
The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library also has a button maker that can create two button sizes, a sewing machine, a die cutter that can be used to make cards, video-editing software, a digital converter and an Xbox One.
There's also a keyboard at the library, entertainment as well as two guitars - one of which can be signed out by residents.
"A guy came in last week to get a card and found out that we lend out our guitar and he thought that was really neat," Sobey enthused.
The 3D printer cost the ibrary $4000 when it was purchased in 2016.


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