We are fortunate to have a fairly impres…

We are fortunate to have a fairly impressive Maker Space at our school so I could access 3D printing with ease. As a community member without this benefit, however, it’s relatively easy in Ottawa to find the resources required to start a 3D printing project. I would likely not purchase the printer, filament, etc. but instead would outsource. The Ottawa Public Library has an Imagine Space which just opened in January, 2016. It’s an impressive space that offers 3D printing and modeling (as well as laser cutting, photo, video and audio editing, green screen and video gear hand and tools and electronics, and wall-to-wall whiteboard). Algonquin College offers professional printing services at The Print Shop. Both these locations are fairly central, though in Nepean so west of the centre, but highly accessible by public transit if required as well. If I wanted to print, for example, my phone holder design, this would probably work. However, if i was on the cutting edge and wanted to do something like print real tissue which was mentioned in the Myth Busters section, I wouldn’t be able to do that.

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