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Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service

“The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have repeatedly identified 3D printing as an important development in educational technology, most recently forecasting a mere two to three years before widespread adoption. 1 What will that mean for higher education and society? How will such services impact practices of higher education and potentially learning itself? What can those tasked with provisioning such services expect and plan for? In early 2012, the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), became one of the first academic libraries in the United States to provide 3D printing and scanning support as a library service explicitly available to all UNR students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.2 Following a successful launch, the services were quickly adopted as a key component of the library’s support of UNR’s learning, teaching, and research missions.” (via EDUCAUSE.edu)

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ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

“The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,”…a new educational campaign that will explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer adoption by libraries. Today, the association released “Progress in the Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy,” a tip sheet that provides an overview of 3D printing, describes a number of ways libraries are currently using 3D printers, outlines the legal implications of providing the technology, and details ways that libraries can implement simple yet protective 3D printing policies in their own libraries.” (via ALA)

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Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers

“Visit the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library and you’ll find the usual stuff: rows of books, magazines, and computers. But walk up to the fourth floor and there’s something unexpected. It’s a “makerspace”—complete with a laser cutter, a zine lab for making paper publications, and a 3-D printer. There’s even a loom.” (via WIRED)

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SMITHSONIAN MAKES PUSH IN 3D IMAGING OF ARTIFACTS

“With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide. A small team has begun creating 3D models of some key objects that represent the breadth of the collection at the world’s largest museum complex. Some of the first 3D scans include the Wright brothers’ first airplane, Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, casts of President Abraham Lincoln’s face during the Civil War and a Revolutionary War gunboat. Less familiar objects include a former slave’s horn, a missionary’s gun from the 1800s and a woolly mammoth fossil from the Ice Age. They are pieces of history some people may hear about but rarely see or touch.” (via The Associated Press)

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Library expands campus access to 3D printers

“The 3D Lab, part of the University of Michigan Library’s Digital Media Commons on north campus, is expanding campus access to 3D printers thanks to a grant from the university’s Third Century Initiative. Six Cube printers currently reside in the 3D Lab, located in the Duderstadt Center, along with free material, tutorials, and support for those ready to experiment. In the next few weeks, the Cube printers will relocate to other spaces around the Duderstadt Center, and early next year they will be made available on central campus.” (via University of Michigan)

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3-D printing: Public libraries’ latest step into the digital world

“You never know when you’ll need a 3-D printer. They can cost anywhere from $400 to $25,000, which is a bit much if you’re trying to “print” (somehow, that seems like the wrong verb) a plastic cookie-cutter you’ve downloaded off the Internet or a kids’ toy, two popular uses. But if you live in Washington, D.C., or Cleveland, you can stop by your local public library and use one for a small fee.” (via latimes.com)

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Sacramento library adds 3-D copier to its bag of tricks

“A whirring, mechanical sound fills the air inside a basement office of the Sacramento Public Library’s main branch. It’s the steely and determined sound of the MakerBot Replicator II – a 3-D copier – in the process of making a chain link bracelet. In about 10 minutes, the machine, roughly the size of a large microwave oven, produced three chain links from a design that was uploaded from a digital file.” (via The Sacramento Bee)

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