WITH 3D printing expected to play a major role in everyday lives in the near future, La Trobe University will introduce the technology to Bendigo residents this Thursday.
Students from the university's School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences will hold three one-hour sessions at Bendigo Library explaining the current and future uses of 3D printing and allow residents to print their own objects.
School of Engineering associate lecturer Eddie Custovic said the technology will soon revolutionise Australian retail and manufacturing industries.
"The real future is that people will be able to log on to websites of shops like Bunnings and download templates of items for printing in their own home," he said.
"The price of the software has come down incredibly fast, to the point where we predict within five years most people will have a 3D printer in their own home."
Students will lead the free sessions, which will include a half-hour presentation on the development of 3D printing followed by a half-hour demonstration using one of the school's printers.
Mr Custovic said libraries are playing a key role in making 3D printing accessible.
"Recently we developed a 'Maker Space' at Mill Park library as a way of encouraging teenagers to visit their library," he said.
"A 3D printer is a key part of that program.
"Twenty per cent of schools in Victoria also have a 3D printer."
The free three 3D printing expos at Bendigo Library will be at 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Thursday, July 17.