Grant Provides New 3D Printer to Kirkwood Public Library

Courtney Flesch

By: Courtney Flesch on June 7, 2017 Print This Post

At Kirkwood Public Library, we are very interested in 3D technology and feel it plays an integral part with the Library’s role in our community – that of a place where innovation is sought and made available to the public for experimentation and exploration.

We launched 3D printing as a service in August 2015. To date we have printed over 191 different objects ranging from models found through free repositories to those created by our users themselves.

The Kirkwood Public Library has been the recipient of a Technology Mini Grant, provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library. With this grant, we have purchased a Makerbot Replicator, which is capable of printing twice the capacity of our previous printer and with finer detail and efficiency.

With this, we will launch our new Teen Maker Series, which will focus on a new maker topic every few months and allow teens the opportunity to learn and make various projects. Our first series will begin on June 5th with 3D printing. Teens will learn the concepts of 3D modeling, design their own, print them out and assemble them. The class runs for 8 sessions and space is limited. Sign up below. See the Library’s event calendar for more details.

The 3D printer has endless possibilities and we will continue to see what we can do with such a device.
If you would like to submit 3D model, send it as an attachment to 3dprint@kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org. Models are printed on a first come, first serve basis. A time and price estimate is provided for confirmation prior to printing. Please refer to the Library’s 3D Printing Policy for more cost details. This and more information is available on the Technology page of our website. In general a model costs $0.25 for every 15 minutes of printing. Please direct questions to (314) 821 5770 x 1027.

Our 3D printer and some examples of printed items are on display in our newly renovated Children’s Library.


 

Courtney Flesch

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