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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.