Interested in computer design but not sure where to start? Or experienced with design but don't have the equipment you need? Our design lab can help you on your design journey.


Location and basic information 

The Design Lab is located on the ground floor of Puke Ariki Library. It has five PCs loaded up with design software including Tinkercad for 3D design, and video and audio editing programmes. We also have two 3D printers available to print your designs for a small charge. 

3D Printing

3D printing can be used to make a wide range of items, you can design and print decorative items, handy holders, replacement parts and so much more. If you're looking for ideas check out Thingiverse, it has lots of designs that you can browse, download and print.

Our 3D printers are available to print your designs. You can email us a file of the item you would like printed and we will QA it then print it for you. We will let you know when it is ready for collection as even small items take a while to print!

File type: .stl
Cost: 20c per gram of filament
Colours available: grey, blue and red (each piece/item can only be printed in one colour)

3D Design and Printing Classes - Beginners

Every Wednesday 3.30pm - 5pm 


Get an introduction to the Design Lab, 3D design and see our 3D printer in action. Use Tinkercad, free online 3D design software, to design a keyring for you to collect at a later date. Please note there is a small charge for the keyring. Suitable for 12+

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Open Session

Wednesdays, every hour from 9am - 3pm


If you are experienced with design and need minimal assistance you can come in and use the Design Lab. The sessions are divided into hour long slots, if you need longer you can book more than one slot for a longer session.

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3D Coding and Printing Classes - Beginners

Tech Week 24 - 28 May
Sessions at Puke Ariki, Waitara, Bell Block and Inglewood libraries


We are taking the design lab out to the community libraries for Tech Week. Use the basic coding programme Scratch, to create an object that will be printed on the 3D printers. Suitable for ages 10+.  As a tech week special we'll cover the cost of your printing!

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