The Tinker Library recently added a piece of technology that will allow patrons to tap into their creative potential.
Families and individuals can use the library’s recently added 3D printer, MakerBot Replicator+, for up to seven hours a month to print models from the various designs found on thingiverse.com, a website which stores an array of digital 3D print designs. Users are also welcome to design their own models to print, however all model designs must be downloaded to thingiverse.com prior to printing.
The library provides all of the required materials for printing-- free of charge--and the printer can print objects up to 11.61 inches wide x 7.68 inches long x 6.5 inches high.
“Most people want little figurines, but it also creates useful items. We used it to make signs for our shelves and we had one guy come in trying to make a water pump and people have shown interest in making pieces for their car,” Senior Library Technician Carla Tubby said. “They get to choose from the colors that we have and we provide everything.”
Before trying out the device, users can familiarize themselves with the process of 3D printing by visiting 3dprintingforbeginners.com. The website contains tips and tutorials along with blogs and reviews of 3D printers, software, and interesting projects to try.
Due to the time it takes to 3D print pieces, users are not required to stay at the library for the entirety of the printing, but they’re more than welcome to stay and watch the model being made. However, the library is not responsible for anything that may go wrong during the printing process.
“A lot of people have shown interest in it, not just children, but adults too. It gets a lot of people to the library and I think it’s very forward- thinking,” Tubby said.
The library reserves the right to refuse any printing project for any reason. The printer cannot be used to create any material that violates local, state or federal law, may be used as a weapon, infringes on a copyright, patent or trademark protection, or is considered obscene or inappropriate for the library environment.
You can make your 3D printing appointment by calling the library at 734-2626. Patrons can also stop by the library during normal business hours for more information.