Minot Public Library gets new 3D printer

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot Public Library is already making good use of its new 3D printer.

The library waited roughly more than three years for the tech gadget.

You can hear some unusual beeps and buzzes coming out of Pam Carswell’s office at the Minot Public Library.

It’s the library’s new 3D printer. The staff has pushed for getting the printer since the debut of the teen ‘Maker Space’ in 2015. Best Buy awarded a grant to Carswell for the printer.

“They are ecstatic, I’ve been getting a lot of visitors to my office after school. Like a lot of the time. If they hear that thing going, oh my goodness they are in my office saying: ‘Pam what are you doing? What are you making? Can I make one?'” said Pam Carswell, teen librarian.

Carswell guides the teens through the process and has them submit their file to her for printing. She says it’s already serving a purpose for some community members.

“There’s a child in our community, who is blind in one eye and he doesn’t see well out of the other. So his vision is really low. So we’ve made some batman tags. We’re putting this on his coat and his backpack, his tooth brush, his music bag. To give a little bit more texture and color to zippers and pulls. And to identify his belongings and to make it easier to grab on,” said Carswell.

Bringing some 21st Century tech to teens in the Magic City.

Carswell is holding a workshop to learn the ins and outs of 3D printing on Thursday. The printer opens to the public for use next Monday and anyone is welcome to create and print.

Library offers 'Fixed Focus Book Club'

All events are held at the Granville Public Library unless otherwise noted.

Fixed Focus Book Club

7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18: A topical book club devoted to current events. This month’s book is “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. Book available at the Front Desk.

3D Printing with Adam And Chris

7-8 p.m. Jan. 18: Curious about 3D printing? Have a 3D printer or thinking about getting one? Stop by the library each Thursday in January and meet with two 3D printing enthusiasts sharing printing insights. Each hour-long session will cover a brief discussion on various 3D printing topics and then setting up designs to print for the week.

Baby Time

10-11 a.m. Jan. 23: Songs, rhymes, and an open play session. Birth to 18 months.

Toddler Time

10-10:30 a.m. Jan. 24: Songs, rhymes, and stories for toddlers. 18 months to 3 years.

Granville’s Test Kitchen: Cookbook Club

6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 24: Are you a voracious reader? If so, this book club is for you! Every session will feature a different cookbook. Select a recipe to try, and bring a sample for 10-12 people to taste. Pick up a copy of this month’s cookbook, “Budget Bytes” by Beth Moncel, at the front desk.

Preschool Time

10-10:30 a.m. Jan. 25: Songs, rhymes, and stories for preschoolers. 3 to 5 years old.

3D Printing with Adam And Chris

7-8 p.m. Jan. 25: Curious about 3D printing? Have a 3D printer or thinking about getting one? Stop by the library each Thursday in January and meet with two 3D printing enthusiasts sharing printing insights. Each hour-long session will cover a brief discussion on various 3D printing topics and then setting up designs to print for the week.

Submitted by the Granville Public Library

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Queensland State Library to 3D print replica of rare braille globe

Oct 11, 2017 | By Julia

It’s been over 60 years since Richard Frank Tunley created his original braille globe in Queensland, Australia. Known as “the fairy godfather of blind children,” Tunley dedicated his life to improving the lives of visually impaired children and adults by producing braille globes, maps, models, doll houses and games. Among those creations, Tunley’s original braille globe stands out as an important learning tool, and an invaluable heritage item in Australian history. In recognition of Tunley’s work, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and the Queensland Library Foundation have come together to recreate the heritage globe ‒ via 3D printing ‒ for a younger generation to enjoy.

SLQ technicians will replicate the rare globe, which Tunley created by installing metal plates on a wooden sphere, thanks to recent technological advancements and a $10,000 state funding package. The individual landmasses were originally shown by raised shapes and labels inscribed in braille, a unique “Tunley touch” that SLQ staff plan to recreate through photogrammetry.

High-fidelity photographs will be taken from all angles, and then virtually pieced together using 3D modelling software to make an exact digital rendering. “That then gets made into plans that are printed out on a 3D printer,” SLQ content manager director Margaret Warren said. “[The globe] won’t be the same as the original because it will be in a 3D resin or plastic.”

Still, the 3D printed replica will allow the new globe to be touched, handled, and explored just as the original was intended, allowing Tunley’s vision to come to life once again. Accompanying digital plans and learning notes will be shared internationally as well.

The fragile 1950s version, on the other hand, will be rescued from storage, treated by SLQ preservation staff, and placed on display as part of a State Library of Queensland exhibition starting in December.

Richard Frank Tunley

SLQ State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald noted that the original Tunley globe remains a marvel of Queensland ingenuity, enterprise and skill. “The Tunley globe is a truly remarkable creation and a unique, perhaps unknown, Queensland story,” McDonald said.

The $10,000 funding package was recently awarded to the project at the SLQ’s annual Crowd Giving event. There, a room full of heritage lovers and philanthropists debated and discussed three new SLQ projects before voting that the Tunley globe’s restoration and replication was most worthy of their collective financing.

“SLQ is immensely grateful to the donors who have put their money behind making this fascinating piece of Queensland history discoverable and accessible for a new generation of Queenslanders,” McDonald said.

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At the Idyllwild Library, people are going nuts for 3D printing.
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Three-dimensional printing is the rage, especially at the Idyllwild Library. “It’s cutting edge and it’s here,” said Shannon Ng, branch library manager. “So many people are interested in it, both young and older patrons of the library. With 3D printing [also called additive manufacturing] you can print food, jewelry with gold and [human] hearts [using bio-printing processes]. There are thousands of jobs opening in this new technology.

“And what better place is there to learn about this new technology than at a library?  And it’s free. This is lifelong learning at its best and has been one of my huge goals as an educator,” she said. 3D printing is being used in tool, clothing, food, car, truck and aircraft design and production, and new uses are constantly being explored.

Ng said it takes a town such as Idyllwild, with many people interested in learning, to appreciate and be open to new technology. “There’s an open-mindedness here and a willingness to try something different. It’s like a college town in that respect.” Ng noted it’s even more impressive that local nonprofits step up to fund this technology for public use at the library.

Altogether, the printer and accessories price out at nearly $5,000, according to Ng. The Pine Cove Property Owners Association has pledged $3,000, the Rotary International of Idyllwild $500, and several other organizations, including Idyllwild Association of Realtors, Soroptimists International of Idyllwild and Friends of the Idyllwild Library are planning to contribute.

In addition to the printer, the library project includes purchasing hand-held microscopes that transmit images to a computer screen to help illustrate the object to be printed, a scanner and two laptops to assist with programming.

“It’s all about exploration,” said Ng. “There are tons of potentials for education in this technology.”

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3-D Printers for Libraries (Library Technology Reports)

As the maker movement continues to grow and 3-D printers become more affordable, an expanding group of hobbyists is keen to explore this new technology. In the time-honored tradition of introducing new technologies, many libraries are considering purchasing a 3-D printer. Jason Griffey, an early enthusiast of 3-D printing, has researched the marketplace and seen several systems first hand at the Consumer Electronics Show. In this report he introduces readers to the 3-D printing marketplace, covering such topics as

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  • Plastics used, such as ABS, PLA, and others
  • Descriptions, price ranges, and filament specs for 3-D printers from MakerBot, Printrbot, Solidoodle, and other manufacturers
  • Suggested staff skills for performing basic maintenance tasks
  • Where to find both ready-to-use designs and the software for customizing, from beginning to advanced systems

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